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Truth-Conditional Pragmatics

François Recanati

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199226993
eISBN:
9780191710223
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226993.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, General

This book argues against the traditional understanding of the semantics/pragmatics divide and puts forward a radical alternative. Through half a dozen case studies, it shows that what an utterance ... More


Interpreting Metaphor

EVA FEDER KITTAY

in Metaphor: Its Cognitive Force and Linguistic Structure

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198242468
eISBN:
9780191680472
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198242468.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter explores the nature and structure of that second-order meaning which results from a particular mapping of first-order meaning and which yields metaphor. The second-order meaning of ... More


Context ex Machina

Kent Bach

in Semantics versus Pragmatics

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199251520
eISBN:
9780191719165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251520.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Does the ‘Contextualist Platitude’, that linguistic meaning generally underdetermines speaker meaning, undermine the semantic-pragmatic distinction and support radical-sounding views that go by names ... More


Ambiguity and Indexicality

Scott Soames

in Beyond Rigidity: The Unfinished Semantic Agenda of Naming and Necessity

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195145281
eISBN:
9780199833702
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195145283.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

In this chapter, the account of meaning and assertion developed in Ch. 3 is extended and refined in order to handle the ambiguity of many proper names, and the context sensitivity of indexicals. The ... More


The Problem Posed by Propositional Attitude Ascriptions

Scott Soames

in Beyond Rigidity: The Unfinished Semantic Agenda of Naming and Necessity

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195145281
eISBN:
9780199833702
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195145283.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

It is argued that propositional attitude ascriptions of the form a believes / asserts that S semantically express propositions that report that an agent bears the relevant attitude – belief or ... More


Philosophical Foundations of Language in the Law

Andrei Marmor and Scott Soames (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199572380
eISBN:
9780191728914
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572380.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This book brings together the best contemporary philosophical work in the area of the intersection between philosophy of language and the law. Some of the contributors are philosophers of language ... More


Naming and Asserting

Scott Soames

in Semantics versus Pragmatics

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199251520
eISBN:
9780191719165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251520.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter draws a distinction between the semantic content of a sentence, and the assertive content of a normal, literal utterance of it. Semantic content is a set of constraints that determines a ... More


Focus: A Case Study on the semantics–pragmatics Boundary

Michael Glanzberg

in Semantics versus Pragmatics

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199251520
eISBN:
9780191719165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251520.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter compares three distinct conceptions of the distinction between semantics and pragmatics, and argues that one of them best represents the practice of semantic theorists. According to it, ... More


On Singularity

Kenneth A. Taylor

in New Essays on Singular Thought

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199567881
eISBN:
9780191722783
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567881.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language

This chapter offers an account of both the inner syntactic form of our thoughts about objects and the way in which those thoughts manage to make semantic content with and reference to outer objects. ... More


Emotions in the Music

Robert Kraut

in Artworld Metaphysics

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199228126
eISBN:
9780191711053
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228126.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter formulates a theory—”content expressionism”—about the underlying ground of music's capacity to arouse emotion. Content expressionism is a causal‐explanatory hypothesis about why the ... More


Pretense and Presupposition

Stephen Yablo

in Aboutness

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691144955
eISBN:
9781400845989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691144955.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

A great puzzle of twentieth-century philosophy of language was, how are finite beings able to understand a potential infinity of sentences? The answer is supposed to be that understanding is ... More


Introduction

Ivano Ciardelli, Jeroen Groenendijk, and Floris Roelofsen

in Inquisitive Semantics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198814788
eISBN:
9780191852473
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198814788.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

The first chapter discusses why a framework like inquisitive semantics is needed for a satisfactory analysis of information exchange. In particular, it argues that neither declarative nor ... More


Varieties of Quotation Revisited

Herman Cappelen and Ernie Lepore

in Liberating Content

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199641338
eISBN:
9780191813498
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641338.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter discusses the issue of quotation, which is revisited with a special focus on the application of the general theory to the case of mixed quotation. In light of Recanati’s paper ‘Open ... More


Conclusion

Ivano Ciardelli, Jeroen Groenendijk, and Floris Roelofsen

in Inquisitive Semantics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198814788
eISBN:
9780191852473
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198814788.003.0010
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

The concluding chapter provides a summary of the architecture of the framework presented in the book, emphasizing its modular nature. It argues that the high-level desiderata discussed in Chapter 1 ... More


What Vagueness and Inconsistency Tell Us About Interpretation

Scott Soames

in Philosophical Foundations of Language in the Law

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199572380
eISBN:
9780191728914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572380.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter identifies three categories of cases in which applying the content of existing law to the facts of a case doesn't determine a unique, acceptable legal outcome: firstly, those involving ... More


Introduction

Una Stojnić

in Context and Coherence: The Logic and Grammar of Prominence

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780198865469
eISBN:
9780191897825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198865469.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

The chapter provides an introduction to the key themes of the book. It introduces the problem of context-sensitivity, and its theoretical significance. It then outlines the key elements of the ... More


What Does the Law Say?

Andrei Marmor

in The Language of Law

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780198714538
eISBN:
9780191782831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714538.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter lays down the foundations for two main claims: first, that the enactment of a law is a collective speech act and that we can gain some philosophical insights and make some progress by ... More


Descriptive Names and Singular Thought: Reflections on the Evans/Kaplan Debate

Marga Reimer

in Singular Thought and Mental Files

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780198746881
eISBN:
9780191809101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198746881.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter is concerned with an apparent disagreement between Gareth Evans (1982) and David Kaplan (1989) with regard to the capacities of names introduced into the language by describing their ... More


Ockham’s Externalism

Claude Panaccio

in Intentionality, Cognition, and Mental Representation in Medieval Philosophy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823262748
eISBN:
9780823266586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823262748.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Claude Panaccio shows that there was an important externalist drive in William of Ockham’s theory of language and mind in the fourteenth century. After distinguishing three different forms of ... More


Insensitive Quantifiers

Herman Cappelen and Ernie Lepore

in Liberating Content

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199641338
eISBN:
9780191813498
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641338.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Initially, the semantics of quantifiers seems to suggest a context-insensitive account of their interpretation unlike, say, indexical or demonstrative noun phrases. However, most philosophers think ... More


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