Meaning in Linguistic Interaction: Semantics, Metasemantics, Philosophy of Language

Hardcover | February 27, 2016

byKasia M. Jaszczolt

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This book offers a semantic and metasemantic inquiry into the representation of meaning in linguistic interaction. Kasia Jaszczolt's view represents the most radical stance on meaning to be found in the contextualist tradition and thereby the most radical take on the semantics/pragmaticsboundary. It allows for the selection of the cognitively plausible object of enquiry without being constrained by such distinctions as what is said/what is implicated or what is linguistic and what is extralinguistic. She argues that this is the only promising stance on meaning. The analysistranscends the traditional distinctions drawn, and traditional questions posed, in post-Gricean pragmatics and philosophy of language. It heavily relies on the dynamic construction of meaning in discourse, using truth conditions as a tool but at the same time conforming to pragmatic compositionalitywhereby aspects of meaning that enter this composition have very different provenance.Meaning in Linguistic Interaction builds on the author's earlier work on Default Semantics and adds new arguments in favour of radical contextualism as well as novel applications, focusing on the role of salience, the flexibility of word meaning, the literal/nonliteral distinction, and the dynamicnature of a character, as well as offering an entirely new perspective on the indexical/nonindexical distinction. It contains a state-of-the-art discussion of the semantics/pragmatics boundary disputes, focusing on varieties of semantic minimalism and contextualism and on the limitations of anindexicalism. Jaszczolt's work is illustrated with examples from a variety of languages and offers some formal representations of meaning in the metalanguage of Default Semantics.

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This book offers a semantic and metasemantic inquiry into the representation of meaning in linguistic interaction. Kasia Jaszczolt's view represents the most radical stance on meaning to be found in the contextualist tradition and thereby the most radical take on the semantics/pragmaticsboundary. It allows for the selection of the cogn...

Kasia M. Jaszczolt is Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy of Language at the University of Cambridge and Professorial Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge. She has published extensively on various topics in semantics, pragmatics, and philosophy of language, and in 2012 was elected a member of the Academia Europaea. Her authored boo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:February 27, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceList of abbreviations and symbolsIntroduction1. Wrong about meaning2. Interactive composition of meaning3. Defaults in context4. Delimiting the lexicon5. The demise of indexicals: A case studyConclusion: Dispelling semantic mythsReferencesIndex