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What is the default meaning of "It's getting late"
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 5:37 am Reply with quote
Bridget
 
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What is the default meaning of "It's getting late", for you?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:46 am Reply with quote
tristanjay7
 
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The literal meaning is about the time becoming late, just like "it's raining."

I will anticipate your complaint and tell that the fact that people say it to other people to meaning something like "it is getting late and you/I should leave" has nothing to do with the literal meaning. Again, there is nothing about the literal "it's getting late" that has anything to do with leaving. The leaving sense is a conversational implicature.[/url]
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 4:07 pm Reply with quote
Bridget
 
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Again, there is nothing about the literal "it's getting late" that has anything to do with leaving. The leaving sense is a conversational implicature.


I agree with you, tristanjay. Bet you didn't anticipate that. Wink
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