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Compositionality, Context and Semantic Values

Essays in Honour of Ernie Lepore

Stainton, Robert J., Viger, Christopher (Eds.)

2009, XII, 282 p.

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  • Features contributions by top scholars
  • Examines a topic that is absolutely central to contemporary philosophy of language
  • Celebrates the work of renowned philosopher of language Ernie Lepore

Are natural languages genuinely compositional? What roles does context play in linguistic communication, and by what means? In particular, does context interfere with the compositional determination of truth conditions? What meanings should theorists assign to sentences if compositionality is to be retained? These are the central questions of this important volume of new philosophical essays in honour of Ernie Lepore.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Formal semantics - Pragmatics - communication - language - philosophy of language - semantic

Related subjects » Linguistics - Philosophy

Table of contents 

Compositionality.- “If”, “Unless”, and Quantification.- Bridging the Paratactic Gap.- Context and “What Is Said”.- On the Epistemic Utility of What is Said.- In Defense of Context Shifting Arguments.- Contextualism, Skepticism and Objectivity.- On Failing to Capture some (or even all) of what is Communicated.- Semantic Values.- The Disunity of Truth.- Descriptions, Negation, and Focus.- Evidentials: Some Preliminary Distinctions.- The Direct Expression of Metaphorical Content.- The Empirical Case for Bare Demonstratives in Vision.

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