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Relation to an Explicit Meaning Theory and to Semantic Competence

Ernie Lepore and Kirk Ludwig

in Donald Davidson

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199251346
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602634 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199251347.003.0009
 Relation to an Explicit Meaning Theory and to Semantic Competence

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Provides an explicit statement of a compositional meaning theory that makes use of a truth theory. The meaning theory is identified as the body of knowledge that one would have to have to use a truth theory to interpret object language sentences on the basis of knowledge of the semantical primitives of the language. Shows that the meaning theory consists of statements about an interpretive truth theory, but that no axioms of the truth theory itself are axioms of the meaning theory.

Keywords: compositional meaning theory; truth theory

Chapter.  2651 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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