ABSTRACT. Grice aims to determine how any distinction between meaning and use is to be drawn, and where lie the limits of its philosophical utility. Grice states that the question about the distinction between natural and non-natural meaning is what people are getting at when they display an interest in a distinction between "natural" and "conventional" signs. Grice observes that what a word means in a language is to say what it is in general optimal for speakers of that language to do with that word. Neale notices that Grice proposes to handle conventional implicatures by supposing them to stem from uses of conventional devices signaling the performance of "higher-order" speech acts parasitic upon the performance of "ground-floor" speech acts.

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