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Events and Semantic Architecture$
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Paul M. Pietroski

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244300

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244300.001.0001

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Tentative Conclusions and Promissory Notes

Tentative Conclusions and Promissory Notes

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(p.242) 4 Tentative Conclusions and Promissory Notes
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Events and Semantic Architecture
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244300.003.0004

This chapter reviews the main conclusions, offers some cautionary notes, and briefly notes some larger issues that must be considered when diagnosing potential counterexamples to any conception of semantic composition. In particular, while the operative idealization has been that declarative sentences have compositionally determined truth conditions (relative to contexts), this idealization may have to be relaxed as we go beyond textbook treatments of relatively simple sentences. Examples that would be troublesome for all extant theories should not, at this stage of inquiry, be viewed as counterexamples to Conjunctivism. Such examples may illustrate the need for a revised conception of how meaning is related to truth. But Conjunctivism fares well, compared with alternatives, with regards to explaining the interesting phenomena that semanticists have discovered thus far. The empirical motivations for Functionism are unclear.

Keywords:   meaning, truth, composition

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