Billboards, bombs and shotgun weddings

Synthese 166 (2):251-279 (2009)

Andy Egan
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
It's a presupposition of a very common way of thinking about contextsensitivity in language that the semantic contribution made by a bit of context-sensitive vocabulary is sensitive only to features of the speaker's situation at the time of utterance. I argue that this is false, and that we need a theory of context-dependence that allows for content to depend not just on the features of the utterance's origin, but also on features of its destination. There are cases in which a single utterance semantically conveys different propositions to different members of its audience, which force us to say that what a sentence conveys depends not just on the context in which it is uttered, but also on the context in which it is received
Keywords Philosophy   Philosophy of Language   Metaphysics   Epistemology   Logic
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