Paper: Conversationally Relevant Descriptions

ACL ID P89-1008
Title Conversationally Relevant Descriptions
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1989

Conversationally relevant descriptions are definite descriptions that are not merely tools for the iden- tification of a referent, but are also crucial to the dis- course in other respects. I analyze the uses of such descriptions in assertions as conveying a particular ~ype of conversational implicatures. Such implics- tures can be represented within the framework of possible world semantics. The analysis is extended to non-assertive illocutionary acts on the one hand, and to indefinite descriptions on the other.