Omitting a quantifier in English does not mean 'all' is intended

posted Feb 7, 2018
According to a linguist with a PHD I know, this is not true. The maxim of pragmaticism applies: "In order to ascertain the meaning of an intellectual conception one should consider what practical consequences might conceivably result by necessity from the truth of that conception; and the sum of these consequences will constitute the entire meaning of the conception." – Wouter Jeuris Jul 29, 2018 12:06
I have no clue what what a maxim is, and what it means though :) – Wouter Jeuris Jul 29, 2018 12:07
So, it can mean 'all' but it does not have to? This then confirms the 'does not mean' form of this statement, no? – Whathecode Jul 29, 2018 12:52
It means it can mean 'all' as well as a broad range of other things, depending on the context. So it does allow for one of the interpretations to be 'all'. – Wouter Jeuris Jul 29, 2018 12:58
Exactly, one of the interpretations, but not exclusively. – Whathecode Jul 29, 2018 13:18