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Are these two propositions semantically entailed?

A. Mary inherited vintage jewelry from her grandmother. B. Mary has an antique diamond ring. Neither proposition entails the other. Both are consistent with the same set of facts, but each one ...
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the difference between upward and downward entailment

Upward entailment means that if a relation holds for some set X, then the relation will hold for a superset of X. Downward entailment means that if a relation holds for some X, then the relation will ...
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Does a sentence with an adjunct entail the same sentence without the adjunct?

Considering that adjuncts are considered pieces of sentences that add additional information about time, place, manner etc. without changing the core meaning of the sentence, yes, it makes sense that ...
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Downward entailing verbs: is the verb "remember" downward entailing?

Yes, "remember" is downward entailing. "Forget" licenses the negative polarity item "anyone" because "forget" is negative, not because it is or is not downward entailing. If you forget about something,...
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Conversational Implicature vs. Ambiguity

There is no point to quarreling over definitions. If you want to take cancellability as criterial for what you will call "conversational implicature", then go ahead and do that. Or, if you don't, ...
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What is the entailment of this sentence?

This is a pretty broad question. "I'm cold" without any other contextual details entails any number of things. Basically any entailment means "if A, then B; A therefore B". So if "I'm cold." then I ...
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Does any of these sentences entail the other?

No. Consider the case of a married woman who took her husband's name (as is still commonplace), her last name is Jones, but her father's last name was Smith Traditionally in Western society, the ...
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Downward entailing verbs: is the verb "remember" downward entailing?

NP: Mary remembers that her parents had Italian Food -> Mary remembers that her mother had Italian Food. (downward entailing) VP: Mary remembers that she had Italian Food - Mary remembers that she had ...
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