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Discourse Contextualism: A Framework for Contextualist Semantics and Pragmatics

Alex Silk


This book investigates context-sensitivity in natural language by examining the meaning and use of a target class of theoretically recalcitrant expressions. These expressions—including epistemic vocabulary, normative and evaluative vocabulary, and vague language (“CR-expressions”)—exhibit systematic differences from paradigm context-sensitive expressions in their discourse dynamics and embedding properties. Many researchers have responded by rethinking the nature of linguistic meaning and communication. Drawing on general insights about the role of context in interpretation and collaborative a ... More

Keywords: contextualism, context-sensitivity, semantics, pragmatics, presupposition, discourse dynamics, epistemic modals, deontic modals, normative language, vagueness

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198783923
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783923.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex Silk, author
Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Birmingham

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