Literal Meaning

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Dezember 2008



Franç ois Recanati provides an original defense of "contextualism" in contribution to the current debate about the best definition of 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 offers an informed survey of the spectrum of positions held by linguists and philosophers working at the semantics/pragmatics interface.


List of figures; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Two approaches to 'what is said'; 2. Primary pragmatic processes; 3. Relevance-theoretic objections; 4. The syncretic view; 5. Nonliteral uses; 6. From literalism to contextualism; 7. Indexicalism and the finding fallacy; 8. Circumstances of evaluation; 9. Contextualism: How far can we go?; 10. Conclusion.


Francois Recanati is a Research Director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, Paris). He has published many papers and several books on the philosophy of language and mind, including Meaning and Force (Cambridge, 1988), Direct Reference (1993), and Oratio Obliqua, Oratio Recta (2000). He is also co-founder and past President of the European Society for Analytic Philosophy.

EAN: 9780521537360
ISBN: 0521537363
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2008
Seitenanzahl: 179 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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