New PDF release: Truth-Conditional Pragmatics

By Francois Recanati

ISBN-10: 0199226989

ISBN-13: 9780199226986

Francois Recanati argues opposed to the conventional knowing of the semantics/pragmatics divide and places ahead a thorough replacement. via part a dozen case reports, he indicates that what an utterance says can't be smartly separated from what the speaker potential. specifically, the speaker's that means endows phrases with senses which are adapted to the placement of utterance and go away from the normal meanings carried through the phrases in isolation. This phenomenon of 'pragmatic modulation' has to be taken into consideration in theorizing approximately semantic content material, for it interacts with the grammar-driven strategy of semantic composition. as a result of that interplay, Recanati argues, the content material of a sentence consistently will depend on the context within which it really is used. This declare defines Contextualism, a view which has attracted huge consciousness in recent times, and of which Recanati is without doubt one of the major proponents.

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I qfthc rneurziq of tdzo contplcx verb-pizrnse "cut tlzc Rruss'. l~iiiity the cttrttplcvrrrizt 'thegras'. , ,just as it ikpends upon the (staiillingj t~rcanirxgof tllc itcrh i~seli;since Itotl~the verb : i r d its conrplernent are ~:unstiruerrrsof ~ l r ewrh-plirase. ) LO specific eutti~qjoperatioi~s relevant to those ot3ject-s: nlowirrg, slicing, etc. tl>:rt the argument ~7fthe fuirction is deternli~ledby the granl~~~atic;ri object of 'cut', and tlrat the value of' rlie i~~~ictiorz (thc specific ctitting ol3cratiuri at stake) is the occasion menrlinl; of' the verb in thc verk--phrase.

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