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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

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

P. F. Strawson

Oxford University Press

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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