A generalized implicature is a conversational implicature that is inferable without reference to a special context.
Expressions with the form an X usually imply that X is not closely related to the speaker or subject, as in the following expression:
- John walked into a house yesterday and saw a tortoise.
This expression implies that the house is not John’s house.
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