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Logic, Meaning, and Conversation: Semantical Underdeterminacy, Implicature, and their Interface

Jay David Atlas


This look at the philosophy of language focuses on the interface between a theory of literal meaning and pragmatics — a philosophical examination of the relationship between meaning and language use and its contexts. Here, the author develops the contrast between verbal ambiguity and verbal generality, works out a detailed theory of conversational inference using the work of Paul Grice on Implicature as a starting point, and gives an account of their interface as an example of the relationship between Chomsky's Internalist Semantics and Language Performance. He then discusses consequences of h ... More

Keywords: philosophy of language, literal meaning, pragmatics, meaning, language use, verbal ambiguity, verbal generality, conversational inference, Paul Grice, Implicature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195133004
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195133004.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jay David Atlas, author
Pomona College, Claremont