Pragmatic tolerance: implications for the acquisition of informativeness and implicature.
Bottom Line: Recent investigations of the acquisition of scalar implicature report that young children do not reliably reject a sentence with a weak scalar term, e.g. 'some of the books are red', when it is used as a description of a situation where a stronger statement is true, e.g. where all the books are red.This is taken as evidence that children do not interpret the sentence with the implicature that the stronger statement does not hold.These findings have implications for the well-established literature on whether children are aware of ambiguity in referential communication tasks.
Affiliation: Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge, UK. email@example.comShow MeSH
Affiliation: Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge, UK. firstname.lastname@example.org