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Living Words: Meaning Underdetermination and the Dynamic Lexicon

Peter Ludlow


This book follows recent work in philosophy, linguistics, and psychology that rejects the standard, static picture of language, and instead highlights the extreme context sensitivity of natural language. From this alternative point of departure it develops an alternative dynamic theory of the nature of language and the lexicon. This alternative theory rejects the idea that languages are stable abstract objects that we learn and then use; instead, human languages are things that we build on a conversation-by-conversation basis. We can call these one-off fleeting things microlanguages. The stand ... More

Keywords: Vagueness, meaning underdetermination, microlanguages, dynamic lexicon, communication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198712053
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712053.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Ludlow, author
Northwestern University