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The Science of Meaning: Essays on the Metatheory of Natural Language Semantics

Derek Ball and Brian Rabern


Semantics is the systematic study of linguistic meaning. The past fifty years have seen an explosion of research into the semantics of natural languages. There are now sophisticated theories of phenomena that were not even known to exist mere decades ago. Much of the early work in natural language semantics was accompanied by extensive reflection on the aims of semantic theory, and the form a theory must take to meet those aims. But this meta-theoretical reflection has not kept pace with recent theoretical innovations. The aim of this volume is to re-address these questions concerning the foun ... More

Keywords: semantics, meaning, natural language, philosophy, semantic metatheory, metasemantics

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198739548
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198739548.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek Ball, editor
Lecturer in Philosophy, University of St Andrews

Brian Rabern, editor
Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

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