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Consider the following letter of recommendation. Discuss it with regard to observing/flouting Grice’s maxims. Which assumptions and implicatures is Professor Foster likely to make in interpreting the letter?
Dear Professor Foster,
I am very pleased to be able to recommend Irving Smith to you. Mr. Smith is a model student. He dresses well and is extremely punctual. I have known Mr. Smith for three years now, and in every way I have found him to be most co-operative. His wife is charming.
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