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Mmm pragmatics

Sorry I'm late today...
     (a) my car broke down.
     (b) my tractor broke down.
     (c) my firetruck broke down.

Presupposition accomodation: when someone says something that you might find a little different from normal, like maybe they live on a farm or something, but not so weird that you say, "Hey, wait, that's weird. Do you seriously own a firetruck!?"

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sodabrew
Oct. 6th, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC)
And yes, I do have a license to invent the word alighted. I bet you thought you knew what it meant, too ;-)
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