Living Words: Meaning Underdetermination and the Dynamic Lexicon by Peter LudlowLiving Words: Meaning Underdetermination and the Dynamic Lexicon by Peter Ludlow

Living Words: Meaning Underdetermination and the Dynamic Lexicon

byPeter Ludlow

Hardcover | June 16, 2014

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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 befleeting, 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 grippedEnglish-language philosophy for the past 100 years - including puzzles in the foundations of semantics, epistemology, and logic.
Peter Ludlow is Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University. He has written on topics ranging from metaphysics, epistemology, the philosophy of language, linguistics, and the foundations of cognitive science to conceptual issues involving digital culture, cyber rights, and the surveillance state. His most recent book was The Ph...
Title:Living Words: Meaning Underdetermination and the Dynamic LexiconFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pagesPublished:June 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198712057

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Norms of word meaning litigation3. The Nature of the Dynamic Lexicon4. Meaning Underdetermination, Logic, and Vagueness5. Consequences for Analytic Philosophy6. Metaphor and BeyondBibliographyIndex