This chapter provides an introduction to the book. Part I briefly sets out the expression theory of meaning, and then extends it to four categories of terms with nondescriptive meaning. The expression theory realizes Grice’s program of defining word meaning in terms of speaker meaning, and speaker meaning in terms of intention. Part II provides an analysis of reference, defining speaker reference in terms of expression and intention, and examines the relationship between word meaning and word reference. Part III presents the expression theory’s account of proper names.
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