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The four Conversational Maxims

  1. Maxims of quality
    • Do not say what your believe to be false.
    • Do not say that for which you lack adequate evidence.

  2. Maxims of quantity
    • Make your contribution as informative as required.
    • Do not make your contribution more informative than is required.

  3. Maxim of relation
    • Be relevant.

  4. Maxims of manner
    • Avoid obscurity of expression.
    • Avoid ambiguity.
    • Be brief.
    • Be orderly.

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dcb at cs wpi edu / Thu Sep 9 13:13:02 EDT 2010