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Meaning and Context

P. F. Strawson

in Entity and Identity

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250159
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598470 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250150.003.0013
 Meaning and Context

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A distinction is drawn between the ‘linguistic meaning’ (A), ‘linguistic‐cum‐referential meaning’ (B), and ‘complete meaning’ (C) of what is said by a serious utterance of a sentence. The questions considered are: What are the determining effects that context of utterance may have on the content and relations of A, B, and C? When are these effects governed by rule or convention and when not? The complex answers to these questions are set out and explained. The general moral drawn is that a satisfactory theory of meaning must take account of the aim of communication.

Keywords: context; convention; force; grammar; implication; lexicon; meaning; proposition; reference; use

Chapter.  5598 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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