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Semantics versus Pragmatics$
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Zoltan Gendler Szabo

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199251520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251520.001.0001

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Deixis and Anaphora

Deixis and Anaphora

(p.286) 6 Deixis and Anaphora
Semantics versus Pragmatics

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This chapter distinguishes a theory of meaning, which purports to specify what determines what speakers (or writers) mean (e.g., say and imply) by uttering things on given occasions, and a theory of interpretation, which purports to specify how hearers (or readers) manage to identify what those speakers (or writers) mean. It then maps out a general picture of interpretation called linguistic pragmatism, explains where a compositional semantics stands with respect to theories of meaning and interpretation, and explores the pragmatist account of these relations through a study of pronouns and binding, comparing locality constraints on binding possibilities in English with those of Icelandic (which permits so-called long-distance binding). It argues against both de jure coreference accounts and ‘pragmatic’ accounts (which pragmatism is mistakenly thought to entail).

Keywords:   pragmatism, pragmatics, interpretation, meaning, pronouns, anaphora, ambiguity, binding, coreference, reflexives

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