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Larkin, Don and Michael H. O'Malley. 1973. Declarative sentences and the rule-of-conversation hypothesis. Papers from the Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society 9 : 306–319.
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L. and O. adduce examples to refute the claim that informative declaratives are characteristic of a 'normal' conversation or that declaratives are 'normally' used to inform. They claim that the previous attempts to formulate 'rules of conversation' clearly did not result from a serious examination of real conversations.