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Nondescriptive Meaning and ReferenceAn Ideational Semantics$
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Wayne A. Davis

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261659

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199261652.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.3) 1 Introduction
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Nondescriptive Meaning and Reference
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Wayne A. Davis (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199261652.003.0001

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.

Keywords:   Grice’s program, nondescriptive meaning, reference, names

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