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The hearer-oriented Q Principle is a lower-bounding guarantee of the sufficiency of informative content; collecting the first Quantity submaxim along with the first two “clarity” submaxims of Manner, it is systematically exploited to generate upper-bounding (typically scalar) implicata. The R Principle, by contrast, is an upper-bounding correlate of Zipf ’s principle of least effort dictating minimization of form; it collects the Relation maxim, the second Quantity submaxim, and the last two submaxims of Manner, and is exploited to induce strengthening implicata.
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Unity and Diversity of Languages by Piet Van Sterkenburg