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Keenan, Elinor Ochs. 1976. The universality of conversational postulates. Language in Society 5 (1) : 67–80. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047404500006850
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Language as a subject
Person as a subject
Grice's theory of conversational maxims and implicatures is examined in the light of the Malagasy language and ways of speaking. It is shown that the Gricean analysis retains usefulness, but careful ethnological comparison is needed, due to some subtle cultural differences.