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David Lewis

Print publication date: 1983

Print ISBN-13: 9780195032048

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195032047.001.0001

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General Semantics

General Semantics

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(p.189) Twelve General Semantics
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Philosophical Papers Volume I
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David Lewis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195032047.003.0012

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 of compounds are built from the meanings of their constituent parts?” To this end, Lewis develops a categorically based transformational grammar. The paper provides formal treatments of such topics as intensions (for both basic and derived categories), nondeclarative sentences, quantification, and noun‐phrases.

Keywords:   Ajdukiewicz, Rudolf Carnap, formal semantics, grammar, intensional semantics, model‐theoretic, semantics, transformational grammar, vagueness

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