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Conjoining Meanings: Semantics Without Truth Values

Paul M. Pietroski


Humans naturally acquire languages that connect meanings with pronunciations. These distinctive languages are described here as generative procedures that respect substantive constraints. Children acquire meaningful lexical items that can be combined, in certain ways, to form meaningful complex expressions. This raises questions about what meanings are, how they can be combined, and what kinds of meanings lexical items can have. This book argues that meanings are neither concepts nor extensions, and sentences do not have truth conditions. Rather, meanings are composable instructions for how to ... More

Keywords: meanings, language, truth, concepts, lexicalization, composition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198812722
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198812722.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul M. Pietroski, author
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Rutgers University