Since semantics and pragmatics both deal with the meaning of linguistic expressions, it is not easy to determine how the line between them should be drawn. This introductory chapter discusses two criteria—conventionality and truth-conditionality—and which aspects of meaning they classify as semantic and pragmatic. While literal meaning and conversational implicatures are classified unambigously by the two criteria, they diverge in the case of pragmatic enrichment and use-conditional meaning. Following Kaplan’s reasoning, the chapter adopts a semantics based on conventions and takes up his idea of supplementing ordinary truth-conditional semantics with components of a theory of meaning as use. The development of a framework for hybrid semantics, as this unifying approach is called here, is designated as the main goal of the book. In addition, the chapter names three further concrete goals that the author wishes to accomplish. It concludes with an overview of the chapters that follow.
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