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General Semantics

David Lewis

in Philosophical Papers Volume I

Published in print August 1983 | ISBN: 9780195032048
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833382 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195032047.003.0012
General Semantics

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This paper presents Lewis's intensional semantics, on the basis of which he aims to answer two questions: “What sort of thing is a meaning?” and “What is the form of semantic rules whereby meanings of compounds are built from the meanings of their constituent parts?” To this end, Lewis develops a categorically based transformational grammar. The paper provides formal treatments of such topics as intensions (for both basic and derived categories), nondeclarative sentences, quantification, and noun‐phrases.

Keywords: Ajdukiewicz; Rudolf Carnap; formal semantics; grammar; intensional semantics; model‐theoretic; semantics; transformational grammar; vagueness

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Subjects: Philosophy

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