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Linguistic Pragmatism and Weather Reporting

John Collins

Abstract

Linguistic pragmatism claims that what we literally say goes characteristically beyond what the linguistic properties themselves mandate. In this book, John Collins provides a novel defence of this doctrine, arguing that linguistic meaning alone fails to fix truth conditions. While this position is supported by a range of theorists, Collins shows that it naturally follows from a syntactic thesis concerning the relative sparseness of what language alone can provide to semantic interpretation. Language–and by extension meaning–provides constraints upon what a speaker can literally say, but does ... More

Keywords: language, meaning, semantics, pragmatism, interpretation, context, syntax, pragmatics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198851134
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198851134.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Collins, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia