Context-Sensitivity and Semantic Minimalism: New Essays on by Gerhard Preyer, Georg Peter

By Gerhard Preyer, Georg Peter

Fifteen specifically written papers study the ways that the content material of what we are saying relies at the context within which we are saying it. on the centre of the present debate in this topic is Cappelen and Lepore's declare that context-sensitivity in language is healthier captured via a mixture of semantic minimalism and speech act pluralism. utilizing this concept as their place to begin, the participants to this quantity increase various diverse perspectives concerning the position of context in verbal exchange, and exhibit its wide-ranging implications for all matters within the philosophy of language and linguistics.

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The kinds of features contextualists claim to have intuitions about include • What is said or asserted or claimed by utterances of sententces containing e. • The truth condition of utterances containing e. • The proposition expressed by utterances of sentence containing e. (CL 2005: 17–18) Summing this up, the form of a Context Shifting Argument would be something like (CS) If a semantic feature of utterances of sentences containing e, and associated with e, changes from context to context, then e is contextsensitive.

There are some important advantages to that way of framing these issues. It becomes relatively easy to formulate the central issues, such as: Is speech act content ever/sometimes/always the semantic content? e. compositionally determined content) always/sometimes/never propositional? No matter how you come down on these issues, there remains the challenge of actually working out a compositional semantic theory. How difficult that will be depends, in part, on how you think of the relationship between semantic content and speech act content.

He mentions that the values of demonstratives are really set by what counts as salient and what the speaker intends. Even the value of ‘here’ and ‘now’, he says (Recanati 2005: 174), are claimed to be ‘‘highly sensitive to speaker’s intent’’. But this, even if true, is not relevant to the particular point under discussion: whether a language with indexicals and demonstratives can in principle be given a compositional semantics. For that issue only concerns the dependence of complex-meanings-in-context on part-meanings-and-structure-in-context, not the mode of determination of part meanings, as we will further discuss in §6.

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