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François 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.Read more
- Addresses issues which are of interest to a wide audience
- Defends a bold and provocative thesis that will elicit debate
- Written in clear and accessible language and presupposes no prior knowledge
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- Date Published: January 2004
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521537360
- length: 188 pages
- dimensions: 227 x 164 x 12 mm
- weight: 0.31kg
- contains: 10 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of figures
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?
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