This chapter distinguishes two conceptions of semantics. On the expression-centred conception, semantic attributes (designation, content, truth value, meaning) are attributed to expression types (relative to such parameters as contexts, times, and/or possible worlds). On the speech-act-centred conception (evidently the currently favoured), semantic attributes are attributed instead to such things as utterances or tokens. The former conception allows for the possibility of widespread and even systematic deviation between what a speaker means or designates (etc.) and what his/her words mean or designate. The latter conception is more reductionist in spirit. The expression centred conception is defended against the alternative conception.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Semantics versus Pragmatics|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2011|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities(all)
- Speech act