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S. argues that for a correct understanding of the presuppositional phenomena identified by linguists one has to give a pragmatic account which provides us with intuitively natural explanations of facts which seem puzzling when presupposition is viewed as a semantic relation. The pragmatic account is said to explain the facts in terms of general maxims of rational communication instead of adducing complicated and ad hoc hypotheses about the semantics of certain words and kinds of constructions.