LINGUIST List 29.7

Tue Jan 02 2018

Books: Living Words: Ludlow

Editor for this issue: Michael Czerniakowski <mikelinguistlist.org>


Date: 14-Nov-2017
From: Celine Aenlle-Rocha <Celine.Aenlle-Rochaoup.com>
Subject: Living Words: Ludlow
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Title: Living Words
Subtitle: Meaning Underdetermination and the Dynamic Lexicon
Published: 2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Book URL: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/living-words-9780198801382?q=9780198801382

Author: Peter Ludlow
Paperback: ISBN: 9780198801382 Pages: Price: ----
Abstract:

Peter Ludlow shows how word meanings are much more dynamic than we might have supposed, and explores how meanings are modulated (changed) even during the course of our everyday conversations. When we engage with communicative partners we build micro-languages on the fly--languages that may be fleeting, but which serve our joint interests. Sometimes we sync up on word meanings without reflection, but in many cases we debate the proper modulation of the meanings of our words. Living Words explores the norms that govern the ways in which we litigate word meanings. The resulting view is radical, and Ludlow shows that it has far-reaching consequences for our political and legal discourse and also for some of the deepest and most intractable puzzles that have gripped English-language philosophy for the past 100 years--including puzzles in the foundations of semantics, epistemology, and logic.

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language
                            Semantics

Written In: English (eng)

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