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Minimal Semantics

Emma Borg


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 formal semantics is preferable to pragmatically saturated approaches since only formal accounts are compatible with a modularity view of linguistic understanding (a view which is itself, I suggest, independently well motivated). Secondly, I contend that the arguments currently on the table in favour of dual pragmatics fail to show that formal semantics should be abandoned. These arguments for dual prag ... More

Keywords: context-sensitivity, contextualism, demonstratives, formal semantics, modularity, pragmatics, relevance theory, truth-conditions, unarticulated constituents

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199270255
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004 DOI:10.1093/0199270252.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emma Borg, author
Department of Philosophy University of Reading
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