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Metasemantics: New Essays on the Foundations of Meaning

Alexis Burgess and Brett Sherman


This book comprises new work on the philosophical foundations of linguistic semantics by a diverse group of established and emerging experts in the philosophy of language, metaphysics, and the theory of content. The science of semantics aspires to systematically specify the meanings of linguistic expressions in context. The paradigmatic metasemantic question is accordingly: what more basic or fundamental features of the world metaphysically determine these semantic facts? Efforts to answer this question inevitably raise others. Where are the boundaries of semantics? What is the essence of the ... More

Keywords: metasemantics, content, meaning, semantics, metaphysics, philosophy of language, context, competence

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199669592
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669592.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexis Burgess, editor
Stanford University

Brett Sherman, editor
University of Rochester

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Front Matter

Introduction: A Plea for the Metaphysics of Meaning

Alexis Burgess, Stanford University and Brett Sherman, University of Rochester

1 Semantics and Metasemantics in the Context of Generative Grammar

Seth Yalcin University of California, Berkeley

2 Metasemantics and Metaphysical Indeterminacy

Michael Caie University of Pittsburgh

3 The Metasemantics of Contextual Sensitivity

Jefrey C. King Rutgers University

4 Semantic Hermeneutics

Alejandro Pérez Carballo University of Massachusetts, Amherst

5 Troubles for Content I

Mark Greenberg University of California, Los Angeles

6 Troubles for Content II: Explaining Grounding

Mark Greenberg University of California, Los Angeles

7 Deflationism in Semantics and Metaphysics

Amie L. Thomasson University of Miami

8 Discourse Content

Samuel Cumming University of California, Los Angeles

9 Do We Need Dynamic Semantics?

Karen S. Lewis Barnard College, Columbia University

10 Explanation and Partiality in Semantic Theory

Michael Glanzberg Northwestern University

11 Replacing Truth?

Matti Eklund Uppsala University

12 Prepragmatics: Widening the Semantics/Pragmatics Boundary

Isidora Stojanovic Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

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