Homophonic reports and gradual communication
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AuthorPicazo Jaque, Claudia
Picazo, C. (2021) Homophonic Reports and Gradual Communication. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, [https://doi.org/10.1111/papq.12368]
Pragmatic modulation makes contextual information necessary for interpretation. This poses a problem for homophonic reports and inter-contextual communication in general: of co-situated interlocutors, we can expect some common ground, but non-co-situated interpreters lack access to the context of utterance. Here I argue that we can nonetheless share modulated contents via homophonic reports. First, occasion-unspecific information is often sufficient for the recovery of modulated content. Second, interpreters can recover what is said with different degrees of accuracy. Homophonic reports and inter-contextual communication are often successful because the reporting context does not demand full accuracy.