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Unformatted text preview: Jacob McMillen Part 1 1. 2. Maxim of quantity: make your contribution as informative as required 3. The farmer is violating the maxim of quantity in that his response is not an informative answer to the question that has been asked. 4. Instead of answering the yes-or-no question, the farmer is implying with the word “yet” that he intends to stay in his current district of residence. The humor from this interaction is derived from both the farmer’s sarcastic response and the reader’s knowledge of a stereotypical interaction between a hardened, stubborn country fellow and a timid city surveyor. Part 2 1. Meaning 1: Frank ate every sandwich that was located in the refrigerator. 2. Meaning 2: Frank ate the sandwiches while residing in the refrigerator. 3. I believe this statement is ambiguous because it can be correctly interpreted in two ways and up to this point that has been enough to be termed “ambiguous.” However, I can’t for the life of me find a comparison of the terms “ambiguity” and “generality” online, in the...
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This note was uploaded on 05/26/2011 for the course LING 2100 taught by Professor Delisi during the Spring '08 term at UGA.
- Spring '08