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Nondescriptive Meaning and Reference: An Ideational Semantics

Wayne A. Davis

Abstract

Part I of this book is a concise exposition of the expression theory of meaning, according to which meaning consists in the expression of thoughts, their component ideas, or other mental states. The theory is founded on the fact that thoughts are event types with a constituent structure, and that thinking is a fundamental propositional attitude distinct from belief. It can account for interjections, syncategorematic terms, pejorative terms, conventional implicatures, and other cases of nondescriptive meaning that have long been seen as difficult for both ideational and referential theories of ... More

Keywords: Gricean program, causal theory, Fregean theories, Millian theories, formal semantics, rigidity, necessity of identity, twin earth argument

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199261659
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199261652.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wayne A. Davis, author
Georgetown University
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