A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.
*Develops a cognitivist/mentalist theory of meaning
*Examines the nature of hate speech
*Explores the nature of ambiguity
*Proposes a new solution to semantic paradoxes
According to truth-conditional semantics, to explain the meaning of a
statement is to specify the conditions necessary and sufficient for its
truth. This book develops a more radical mentalist semantics by shifting
the object of semantic inquiry. Classical semantics analyzes an abstract
sentence or utterance such as "Grass is green"; in attitudinal semantics
the object of inquiry is a propositional attitude such as "Speaker
so-and-so thinks grass is green".