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Academic Paper


Title: The Truth-Conditional/Non-Truth-Conditional and the Conceptual/Procedural Distinctions Revisited
Paper URL: http://nwplinguistics.ncl.ac.uk/5.Miri_Hussein.pdf
Author: Miri M. Hussein
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Homepage: http://www.students.ncl.ac.uk/miri.hussein/
Institution: Newcastle University
Linguistic Field: Pragmatics; Semantics
Subject Language: None
Abstract: This paper investigates two different types of linguistic meaning, namely truth-conditional/non-truth-conditional meaning and conceptual/procedural meaning. The paper has a two-fold purpose. Firstly, it argues that the assumed parallelism between truth-conditional/non-truth-conditional and the conceptual/procedural meaning must be questioned due to the fact that there are some linguistic expressions the meaning of which both contributes to the truth conditions and constrains the interpretation of utterances in which they occur. Secondly, the conceptual/procedural distinction is not mutually exclusive, as claimed by Blakemore (1987). The paper will provide a set of linguistic expressions that can encode both conceptual and procedural meaning. Such expressions will be called the conceptuo-procedural expressions. The paper will be structured as follows. Section 1 discusses the relation between linguistic meaning and truth conditions and gives an analysis of some linguistic elements the meaning of which does not contribute to the truth conditions of the utterances in which they occur. Section 2 provides a criticism of two previous approaches to the analysis of non-truth conditional meaning i.e., Frege's and Grice's approaches. Section 3 discusses how linguistic meaning is analysed in Relevance Theory (RT) as concepts and procedures. Section 4 provides some linguistic expressions the meaning of which can be analysed in both conceptual and procedural terms. Section 5 is a conclusion.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Newcastle University
Publication Info: Newcastle Working Papers in Linguistics. Vol. 14, pp. 6-80.
URL: http://nwplinguistics.ncl.ac.uk/5.Miri_Hussein.pdf
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