Ways of Using Words: On Semantic Intentions

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Emanuel Viebahn
Humboldt-University, Berlin
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Intentionalism is the view that demonstratives, gradable adjectives, quantifiers, modals and other context‐sensitive expressions are intention‐sensitive: their semantic value on a given use is fixed by speaker intentions. The first aim of this paper is to defend Intentionalism against three recent objections, according to which speakers at least sometimes do not have suitable intentions when using supposedly intention‐sensitive expressions. Its second aim is to thereby shed light on the so far little‐explored question of which kinds of intentions can be semantically relevant.
Keywords philosophy of language  context-sensitivity  intentionalism
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DOI 10.1111/phpr.12526
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