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Minimal Semantics

Emma Borg

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2004
ISBN:
9780199270255
eISBN:
9780191601477
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199270252.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Seeks to defend a formal (e.g. truth-conditional) approach to semantic theorizing from advocates of so-called ‘dual pragmatics’ (e.g. relevance theorists or contextualists). I argue, first, that ... More


Generativist Semantics

Dirk Geeraerts

in Theories of Lexical Semantics

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780198700302
eISBN:
9780191706288
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198700302.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

The third chapter describes generativist semantics. From 1960 onwards, aspects of structuralist semantics (componential analysis in particular) were incorporated into generative grammar. Within the ... More


A Tale of Two Theories

Emma Borg

in Minimal Semantics

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2004
ISBN:
9780199270255
eISBN:
9780191601477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199270252.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

An introduction to formal semantic theories (focusing on truth-conditional semantics) and dual pragmatic accounts (focusing on Sperber and Wilson’s relevance theory and Recanati’s contextualism). The ... More


Formal Semantics

Wayne A. Davis

in Nondescriptive Meaning and Reference: An Ideational Semantics

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199261659
eISBN:
9780191603099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199261652.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter shows that the treatment of names as having nondescriptive, indefinable senses does not preclude a powerful formal semantics; that the referential properties of names can be treated ... More


Nondescriptive Meaning and Reference: An Ideational Semantics

Wayne A. Davis

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199261659
eISBN:
9780191603099
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199261652.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Part I of this book is a concise exposition of the expression theory of meaning, according to which meaning consists in the expression of thoughts, their component ideas, or other mental states. The ... More


General Semantics

David Lewis

in Philosophical Papers Volume I

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195032048
eISBN:
9780199833382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195032047.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This paper presents Lewis's intensional semantics, on the basis of which he aims to answer two questions: “What sort of thing is a meaning?” and “What is the form of semantic rules whereby meanings ... More


In Defence of Convention T

Donald Davidson

in Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199246298
eISBN:
9780191715181
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199246297.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

As in Essay 4, Davidson rehearses the demands for an acceptable theory of meaning, and stresses the demand that the stock of concepts used by metalanguage in which the truth theory is stated extends ... More


Distributional Semantic Models

Stephen Pulman

in Quantum Physics and Linguistics: A Compositional, Diagrammatic Discourse

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199646296
eISBN:
9780191747847
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646296.003.0012
Subject:
Mathematics, Applied Mathematics

A recent preoccupation in computational linguistics has been the attempt to combine compositional models of formal semantics of the Montagovian type with corpus-based distributional models of word ... More


A Unified Treatment of (Pro-)Nominals in Ordinary English

Joseph Almog, Paul Nichols, and Jessica Pepp

in On Reference

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198714088
eISBN:
9780191782527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714088.003.0018
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

The interpretation of pronouns and anaphora in ordinary English has been analyzed within a variety of frameworks in formal semantics as involving variables and variable-binding operators. This ... More


Generics: A Philosophical Introduction

Francis Jeffry Pelletier

in Kinds, Things, and Stuff: Mass Terms and Generics

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195382891
eISBN:
9780199870493
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382891.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter introduces the linguistic phenomena that are called “genericity” (both the so‐called reference to a kind and the characterizing statement types) and shows how they have figured into a ... More


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