Idiolects and Language

Axiomathes 22 (4):417-432 (2012)
The present paper is intended to analyse from a theoretical point of view the relationships between natural language and idiolects in the context of communication by means of the Davidson–Dummett controversy on the nature of language. I will explore from a pragmatic point of view the reliability of an alternative position inspired by the recent literalism/contextualism debate in philosophy of language in order to overcome some limitations of Dummett’s and Davidson’s perspectives on language, idiolects and communication
Keywords Natural language  Idiolects  Dummett  Davidson  Literalism  Contextualism
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DOI 10.1007/s10516-011-9151-2
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