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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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Speaker Meaning and Expression

Speaker Meaning and Expression

(p.71) 4 Speaker Meaning and Expression
Nondescriptive Meaning and Reference

Wayne A. Davis (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter defines speaker meaning and expression in terms of intention and indication. Different types of speaker meaning are distinguished. These definitions are contrasted with those of Grice, which mistakenly assume that speaker meaning is the attempt to communicate. To express an idea or other mental state is to provide a publically observable indication of its occurrence in a certain way. Communication requires not only meaning but understanding, interpretation as well as expression.

Keywords:   speaker meaning, expression, indication, communication, implication, intention, Grice

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