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Beyond Semantics and Pragmatics

Gerhard Preyer


The study of meaning in language embraces a diverse range of problems and methods. Philosophers think through the relationship between language and he world; linguists document speakers’ knowledge of meaning; psychologists investigate the mechanisms of understanding and production. Up through the early 2000s, these investigations were generally compartmentalized: indeed, researchers often regarded both the subject-matter and the methods of other disciplines with skepticism. Since then, however, there has been a sea change in the field, enabling researchers increasingly to synthesize the perspe ... More

Keywords: Semantics, pragmatics, meaning, intention, understanding, communication, convention, interpretation, coherence, implicature, intentionalism

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198791492
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198791492.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerhard Preyer, editor
Professor of Sociology, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main

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Gerhard Preyer

Part I Explaining Pragmatic Phenomena

1 Two Questions about Interpretive Effects

Robert J. Stainton and Christopher Viger

6 Socializing Pragmatics

William B. Starr

Part II Intentions and the Limits of Meaning

9 Taking Perspective

Madeleine Arseneault

10 Perspectives and Slurs

Claudia Bianchi

Part III Cognitive Science Connections

11 Composing Meaning and Thinking

Roberto G. de Almeida

13 On Convention and Coherence

Andrew Kehler and Jonathan Cohen*

Part IV New Frontiers in Semantics

15 Issues for Meaning

Ernie Lepore and Matthew Stone

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