The sentence, "General Tilney did not regret murdering his wife," is a negative assertion that, nevertheless, also presupposes that General Tilney murdered his wife. The negation has left the presupposition unchanged.
Presupposition differs from implication in that the sentence depends semantically on its presuppositions: they are indirectly stated, whereas implicit meaning is not Prince Linguistic presupposition, whether of the type describing the word's relation to its "world" context the "real world knowledge" every text and utterance presupposes , or to its word context those local, semantic presuppositions that bridge the informational gaps , is simultaneously both context-defined and context-defining. Presupposition works in narrative terms in that it situates the speaker with regard both to the audience and to the utterance.
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