The Pragmatics of Saying “All Lives Matter”: A Critique.

An edgy essay by Andrew D. Chapman

University of Maryland, June 2020
  1. Quality: Don’t intentionally mislead.
  2. Relation (or Relevance): Say what is relevant to the conversation and context.
  3. Manner: Be succinct and orderly while avoiding ambiguity and obscurity.


[i] H.P. Grice, “Logic and Conversation (1967, 1987),” in H.P. Grice, Studies in the Way of Words (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univ. Press), pp. 1–143.


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