Colloquium: Good Reasons

May 5, 3:30-5pm, Cobb 201
Eric McCready, Aoyama Gakuin University 

Grice's characterization of `therefore' as a conventionally implicating expression has been called into question by Potts (2005). Indeed, Potts's formal system for analyzing the meaning of conventionally implicatures seems to rule out the existence of conventional implicatures with meanings like the one Grice gives for `therefore', which introduces a two-place conventionally implicated relation. By Potts's criteria, `therefore' indeed does not seem to be conventionally implicating. However, we show the existence of a causal adverbial with a semantics somewhat similar to that of `therefore' with conventionally implicating content in Japanese: `mono'. We discuss some aspects of the meaning of `mono' and analyze it within an extension of the Potts system.