The Gricean Conversational Maxims

  1. Maxim of Quality: Truth
    *Do not say what you believe to be false.
    *Do not say that for which you lack adequate evidence.
  2. Maxim of Quantity: Information
    *Make your contribution as informative as is required for the current purposes of the exchange.
    *Do not make your contribution more informative than is required.
  3. Maxim of Relation: Relevance
    *Be relevant.
  4. Maxim of Manner: Clarity
    *Avoid obscurity of expression (“Eschew obfuscation”).
    *Avoid ambiguity.
    *Be brief (“avoid unnecessary prolixity”).
    *Be orderly.

[adapted from Paul Grice, Logic and conversation (1975)]
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