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Linguistic Pragmatism and Weather Reporting

John Collins


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


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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