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Use-Conditional MeaningStudies in Multidimensional Semantics$
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Daniel Gutzmann

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723820

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723820.001.0001

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The case for use-conditional meaning

The case for use-conditional meaning

(p.14) 2 The case for use-conditional meaning
Use-Conditional Meaning

Daniel Gutzmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter elaborates on Kaplan’s (1999) vision of a theory of meaning as use and provides denotations for use-conditional propositions in the form of sets of context, so that the felicity of an utterance can be defined as inclusion of the current context in this context set, in an analogy to how truth conditions are defined with respect to traditional propositions. Since many expressions will exhibit both kinds of content, the chapter introduces the idea of hybrid semantics, according to which the overall semantic information of an expression is given by both its truth- and use-conditional content. It then reflects on the ramifications such a multidimensional system has with regard to the notion of semantic validity, before presenting a brief overview of various phenomena that convey use-conditional meaning. In doing so, Chapter 2 establishes a typology of five kinds of UCI that differ with respect to how they interact with other content.

Keywords:   denotations, context sets, meaning as use, propositions, hybrid semantics, use-conditional content, validity, use-conditional items (UCIs), kinds of UCI

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