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Title: Meaning and Context
Edited By: Luca Baptista
Erich Rast
Series Title: Lisbon Philosophical Studies - Uses of Languages in Interdisciplinary Fields - Volume 2
Description:

The contextual contributions to meaning are at the core of the debate about
the semantics/pragmatics distinction, one of the liveliest topics in
current philosophy of language and linguistics. The controversy between
semantic minimalists and contextualists regarding context and semantic
content is a conspicuous example of the debate's relevance. This collection
of essays, written by leading philosophers as well as talented young
researchers, offers new approaches to the ongoing discussion about the
status of lexical meaning and the role of context dependence in linguistic
theorizing. It covers a broad range of issues in semantics and pragmatics
such as presuppositions, reference, lexical meaning, discourse relations
and information structure, negation, and metaphors. The book is an
essential reading for philosophers, linguists, and graduate students of
philosophy of language and linguistics.

Contents:

Luca Baptista/Erich Rast: Introduction - Manuel García-Carpintero: Norms of
Presupposition - Emma Borg: Minimalism and the Content of the Lexicon -
Anne Bezuidenhout: Contextualism and Information Structure: Towards a
Science of Pragmatics - Augustín Vicente/Fernando Martínez-Manrique:
Lexical Concepts: From Contextualism to Concept Decompositionalism -
Isidora Stojanovic: Referring with Proper Names: Towards a Pragmatic
Account - Kepa Korta/John Perry: Intentions to Refer - Brian Ball: What Is
Semantic Content? - Sandy Berkovski: Some Remarks on Mthat - Teresa
Marques: Truth and the Ambiguity of Negation - Ana Falcato: The
Contextualist Fight Against Minimalism - Salvatore Pistoia-Reda: Some Notes
on Game Theory and the Pragmatics of Alternatives - Andrei Moldovan: Can
Uses of Language in Thought Provide Linguistic Evidence?

Luca Baptista and Erich Rast are research fellows at the Institute of
Philosophy of Language at the New University of Lisbon.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language
Pragmatics
Semantics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034305747
Pages: 311
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