Defaults in Semantics and Pragmatics

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[Revised entry by Katarzyna M. Jaszczolt on May 18, 2022.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography]
‘Default’ can mean many different things in theories of meaning. It is so not only because of the multiplicity of approaches and dimensions from which meaning can be studied but also due to the fact the theoretical landscape is changing swiftly and dynamically. First, there is the dimension of the ongoing debates concerning the delimitation of explicit content (e.g., Jaszczolt 2009a, 2016a). Second, discussions about ‘defaultness’ are propelled by the debates concerning the literal/nonliteral vis-a-vis…

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