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Violation of Cooperative Principles: Taking Donald Trump’s Speech as an Example

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DOI: 10.23977/ICEIPI2020010


Gu Jiatong

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Gu Jiatong


Cooperative principle in conversation was proposed by Paul Grice as a magnificent principle. Under the cooperative principle, there are four maxims: the maxim of quantity, the maxim of quality, the maxim of relation and the maxim of manner. Taking the speech of Donald Trump in the 73rd UN General Debate as an example to illustrate the application of Grice's principle of conversation in practical speeches, this essay mainly focuses on how the speaker runs against cooperative principle raised by Grice. Besides, the author applies Grice’s cooperative principle to speech, which is also an innovation.


Cooperative principle, speech, particularized implication

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