Questions tagged [presupposition]

a proposition that must be true in order for another statement to make sense, or is taken for granted as a background assumption in another statement. E.g. the sentence "I find it great that John propsed to Mary" comes with the presupposition that "John proposed to Mary".

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Know and Factivity

Consider the following sentence: (1) I don't know that John kissed Mary. When I assert this sentence, am I contradicting myself? The reason is as follows: following Stalnaker's view on the factivity ...
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Reflexivity of similarity-in-a-respect

In the discussion of similarity relations similarity is typically taken to be reflexive -- in fact, it's the one property that's nearly universally agreed upon. But not everyone thinks similarity is ...
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Can an indefinite article trigger a presupposition?

One presupposition trigger is the definite article. Can an indefinite article trigger a presupposition?
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What triggers the presuppositions in these sentences?

I am working with these two sentences: Alex stopped playing the piano. What I concluded is that the sentence presupposes that Alex had previously played the piano. But why does the ...