Implicature and Definite Reference
by Hobbs, Jerry R.
Technical Note 419
Institution: AI Center, SRI International
Address: 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025
An account is given of the appropriateness conditions for definite reference, in terms of the operations of inference and implicature. It is shown how a number of problematic cases noticed by Hawkins can be explained in this framework. In addition, the use of unresolvable definite noun phrases as a literary device and definite noun phrases with nonrestrictive material can be explained within the same framework.
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