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Meanings as Species

Mark Richard


One kind of meaning is constituted by what we need to grasp about usage to be competent participants in a community’s linguistic practices. This book proposes that this sort of meaning is primarily a matter of common knowledge about the presuppositions speakers make in using their language. It argues we should think of this as a population-level, process-like phenomenon. It’s population-level since what needs to be grasped is determined by a rough equilibrium of assumptions across speakers; it’s process-like since what needs to be grasped is a dynamic property of a practice: the competent spea ... More

Keywords: language, species, meanings, linguistic competence, analyticity, semantics, meaning and reference, intuitions, conceptual evolution, conceptual engineering

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198842811
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198842811.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Richard, author
Harvard University