Optimal Interpretation as an Alternative to Gricean Pragmatics

  • Henk Zeevat University of Amsterdam


The paper introduces an optimality theoretic notion of optimal interpretation based on presupposition theory and shows that it is a viable alternative for Gricean pragmatics. It moreover is directly applicable to presupposition and rhetorical structure and improves the insights in those areas. The last sections are concerned with provisionally making this point.