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Single Idea 18048

[catalogued under 19. Language / F. Communication / 5. Pragmatics / c. Presupposition]

Full Idea

A proposed test for presupposition is the 'Hey, wait a minute' test. S presupposes that p, just in case it would be felictious to respond to an utterance of s with something like 'Hey, wait a minute - I had not idea that p!'.

Gist of Idea

A test for presupposition would be if it provoked 'hey wait a minute - I have no idea that....'


Ofra Magidor (Category Mistakes [2013],

Book Reference

Magidor,Ofra: 'Category Mistakes' [OUP 2013], p.119

A Reaction

[K. Von Finkel 2004 made the suggestion] That is, you think 'hm ...this statement seems to presuppose p'. She says the suggestion vastly over-generates possible presuppositions - unlikely ones, as well as the obvious ones.