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Use-Conditional Meaning: Studies in Multidimensional Semantics

Daniel Gutzmann


Pragmatic theories of meaning that go under the slogan of “meaning as use” are often conceived as fundamentally opposed to traditional truth-conditional semantics. However, Kaplan’s classic underground paper on “the meaning of ouch and oops” taught us how conditions of use can and should have a place in formal approaches to natural language meaning. Based on these suggestions, this book develops a multidimensional approach to meaning—which the author calls hybrid semantics—that incorporates use conditions alongside truth conditions in a unified framework. This system overcomes the empirical ga ... More

Keywords: use conditions, truth conditions, semantics, pragmatics, multidimensional semantics, hybrid semantics, expressives, slurs, sentence mood, modal particles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198723820
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723820.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Gutzmann, author
Visiting Professor in German linguistics, University of Cologne