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What is the difference between an implicature and a presupposition

The standard definition, as in the one you'll come across in introductory semantics classes, is that presuppositions have to be true, while implicatures are probably true. For example, imagine that I ...
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What is the difference between an implicature and a presupposition

The question is a bit like asking "What's the difference between a wardrobe and a chair" - well, they are just two different things... A presupposition is, simply put, something that must be ...
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Can an indefinite article trigger a presupposition?

While the definite article is assumed to exhibit both an existence and a uniqueness presupposition, combining to an "exactly one" presupposition: I saw the bear yesterday → There is a bear → ...
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Can an indefinite article trigger a presupposition?

I think perhaps with an qualifying adjective. "Are you a good mother?" Presupposes that the referent of "you" is, in fact, a mother.
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Know and Factivity

Could we be looking at this from a different or incorrect view, but I do not think you are contradicting yourself. I read your comment about "I don't know that John kissed Mary." to mean... ...
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