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Title: Handlungstheoretische Semantik
Subtitle: [Action-theoretic Semantics]
Written By: Georg Meggle

There is a long tradition in the philosophy of explaining the concept of
”meaning“ in terms of reference of the thing that our sign signifies. At
the latest since Wittgenstein, ”meaning“ has been explained with the
formula ”meaning=use,“ where one distinguishes between how one uses
something and for what purpose one uses something. The author shows that
this dichotomy between the ”how“ and the ”purpose“ of use can be unified.
He does this by first investigating the concept of the purpose of use and
then reconstructs the ”use-how“ by means of the concept of ”convention.“
Finally, the author demonstrates how to traditional referential semantics
can be justified on the basis of the theory developed here.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
History of Linguistics
Language and Social Interaction
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110226836
Pages: 294
Prices: Europe EURO 59.95
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110226829
Pages: 294
Prices: Europe EURO 59.95