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Pursuing meaning, Emma Borg

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Pursuing meaning
Title
Pursuing meaning
Statement of responsibility
Emma Borg
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Emma Borg examines the relation between semantics (roughly, features of the literal meaning of linguistic items) and pragmatics (features emerging from the context within which such items are being used), and assesses recent answers to the fundamental questions of how and where to draw the divide between the two. In particular, she offers a defence of what is commonly known as 'minimal semantics'. Minimal semantics, as the name suggests, wants to offer a minimal account of theinterrelation between semantics and pragmatics. Specifically, it holds that while context can affect literal semantic content in the case of genuine (i.e. lexically or syntactically marked) context-sensitive expressions, this is the limit of pragmatic input to semantic content. On all other occasionswhere context of utterance appears to affect content, the minimalist claims that what it affects is not literal, semantic content but what the speaker conveys by the use of this literal content--it affects what a speaker says but not what a sentence means. As Borg makes clear, the minimalist must allow some contextual influence on semantic content, but her claim is that this influence can be limited to 'tame' pragmatics--the kind of rule-governed appeals to context which won't scare formallyminded horses. Pursuing Meaning aims to make good on this claim. The book also contains an overview of all the main positions in the area, clarification of its often complex terminology, and an exploration of key themes such as word meaning, mindreading, and the relationship between semantics andpsychology
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Borg, Emma
Dewey number
401.43
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
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Pursuing meaning, Emma Borg
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Surveying the terrain -- Minimal semantics and psychological evidence -- Propositionalism and some problem cases -- Intention-sensitive expressions -- The ontological argument against minimal word meanings -- The methodological argument against minimal word meanings
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ocn795789442
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1 online resource
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Form of item
online
Isbn
9780191631214
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not applicable
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Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)795789442
Label
Pursuing meaning, Emma Borg
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Surveying the terrain -- Minimal semantics and psychological evidence -- Propositionalism and some problem cases -- Intention-sensitive expressions -- The ontological argument against minimal word meanings -- The methodological argument against minimal word meanings
Control code
ocn795789442
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780191631214
Level of compression
unknown
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)795789442

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