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Pragmatic tolerance: implications for the acquisition of informativeness and implicature.

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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. We propose that (a) these tasks cannot differentiate between a...

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10.1016/j.cognition.2011.02.015

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University of Oxford
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Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
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Elsevier Publisher's website
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Cognition Journal website
Volume:
120
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1
Pages:
67-81
Publication date:
2011-07-05
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1873-7838
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0010-0277
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uuid:4898c0b0-4799-4c16-8709-470fd2e8b960
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164258
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pubs:164258

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