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P. F. Strawson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199587292

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587292.001.0001

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Review of Paul Grice, Studies in the Way of Words

Review of Paul Grice, Studies in the Way of Words

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(p.178) 15 Review of Paul Grice, Studies in the Way of Words
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Philosophical Writings
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P. F. Strawson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587292.003.0015

This chapter reviews the book, Studies in the Way of Words, by Paul Grice. It highlights aspects of his work which constitute a substantial and enduring contribution to philosophical and linguistic theory. Most prominent among these are two contributions which are highlighted. First, there is the attempt to give a reductive analysis of the concept of linguistic meaning in psychological terms — a project originally and brilliantly sketched in the 1957 article ‘Meaning’ (reproduced as Chapter 14 in this book), and subsequently elaborated in a series of lectures and articles (Chapters 5, 6, 7, and 18). Second, there is the development of the theory of conversational implicature, which has rightly won a secure place in linguistic theory, on both of its necessarily connected semantic and pragmatic sides (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 15, and 17).

Keywords:   Paul Grice, Studies in the Way of Words, book review, linguistic theory, theory of conversational implicature

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