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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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Nondescriptive Meaning

Nondescriptive Meaning

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Nondescriptive Meaning and Reference

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This chapter shows how the expression theory can account for four cases of nondescriptive meaning: interjections, syncategorematic terms, words with conventional implicatures, and non-declarative sentences. The meaning of interrogative and imperative sentences is explained in terms of non-propositional thoughts. Syncategorematic terms express thought-parts that are no more incomplete or dependent than those expressed by other terms. Interjections provide an exception to the rule that meaning consists in the expression of ideas; they express mental event types that are not thought parts (nor emotions). Conventional implicatures are explained in terms of appositional thoughts, complexes with a main thought and a subordinate thought.

Keywords:   nondescriptive meaning, non-declarative sentences, interjections, syncategorematic terms, conventional implicatures, appositional thoughts, interjects, emotions, mood, force

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