LINGUIST List 29.807

Mon Feb 19 2018

Books: Subjectivity and Perspective in Truth-Theoretic Semantics: Lasersohn

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Date: 16-Feb-2018
From: Celine Aenlle-Rocha <Celine.Aenlle-Rochaoup.com>
Subject: Subjectivity and Perspective in Truth-Theoretic Semantics: Lasersohn
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Title: Subjectivity and Perspective in Truth-Theoretic Semantics
Published: 2018
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Book URL: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/subjectivity-and-perspective-in-truth-theoretic-semantics-9780199573684

Author: Peter Lasersohn
Paperback: ISBN: 9780199573684 Pages: Price: ----
Abstract:

This book explores linguistic and philosophical issues presented by sentences expressing personal taste, such as Roller coasters are fun, or Licorice is tasty. Standard semantic theories explain the meanings of sentences by specifying the conditions under which they are true; here, Peter Lasersohn asks how we can account for sentences that are concerned with matters of opinion rather than matters of fact. He argues that a truth-theoretic semantic theory is appropriate even for sentences like these, but that for such sentences, truth and falsity must be assigned relative to perspectives, rather than absolutely. The book provides a detailed and explicit formal grammar, working out the implications of this conception of truth both for simple sentences and for reports of mental attitude. The semantic analysis is paired with a pragmatic theory explaining what it means to assert a sentence which is true or false only relativistically, and with a speculative account of the functional motivation for a relativized notion of truth.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
                            Semantics

Written In: English (eng)

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