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Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
In this paper we propose that a sentence like 'John T ate broccoli F ' should pragmatically be interpreted as follows: (a) Focus should be interpreted exhaustively; John ate only broccoli; (b) Topic must be interpreted exhaustively: Only John ate (only) broccoli; and (c) The speaker takes it to be possible (or even knows, if he is competent) that at least one alternative of the form 'x ate y' not entailed by the sentence is true. It will be shown that in terms of this analysis we can alsodoi:10.1007/978-3-319-10106-4_4 fatcat:qqpwckdjz5hlncglgrryco7ibm