An utterer may convey a message to her intended audience by means of an explicit statement; or by a non‐conventionally mediated one‐off signal from which the audience is able to work out the intended message; or by conversational implicature. I investigate whether the last two are equivalent to explicit testifying, as communicative act and epistemic source. I find that there are important differences between explicit statement and insinuation; only with the first does the utterer assume full responsibility for the truth of what she communicates to her audience.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, Magdalen College, High Street, Oxford OX1 4AU, UK
Publication date: 01 June 2012