Literal Meaning

Cambridge University Press (2002)
Authors
Francois Recanati
Institut Jean Nicod
Abstract
According to the dominant position among philosophers of language today, we can legitimately ascribe determinate contents to natural language sentences, independently of what the speaker actually means. This view contrasts with that held by ordinary language philosophers fifty years ago: according to them, speech acts, not sentences, are the primary bearers of content. François Recanati argues for the relevance of this controversy to the current debate about semantics and pragmatics. Is 'what is said' determined by linguistic conventions, or is it an aspect of 'speaker's meaning'? Do we need pragmatics to fix truth-conditions? What is 'literal meaning'? To what extent is semantic composition a creative process? How pervasive is context-sensitivity? Recanati provides an original and insightful defence of 'contextualism', and offers an informed survey of the spectrum of positions held by linguists and philosophers working at the semantics/pragmatics interface.
Keywords Semantics  Semantics (Philosophy  Pragmatics
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Call number P325.R344 2004
ISBN(s) 9780511615382   9780521537360   9780511060984
DOI 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2007.00088.x
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