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Truth-Conditional Pragmatics

François Recanati


This book argues against the traditional understanding of the semantics/pragmatics divide and puts forward a radical alternative. Through half a dozen case studies, it shows that what an utterance says cannot be neatly separated from what the speaker means. In particular, the speaker's meaning endows words with senses that are tailored to the situation of utterance and depart from the conventional meanings carried by the words in isolation. This phenomenon of ‘pragmatic modulation’ must be taken into account in theorizing about semantic content, for it interacts with the grammar-driven process ... More

Keywords: pragmatics, semantic content, context, modulation, Contextualism, enrichment, speaker's meaning, what is said

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199226993
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226993.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

François Recanati, author
Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris
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