Speaker Meaning and Expression

Wayne A. Davis

in Nondescriptive Meaning and Reference

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780199261659
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603099 | DOI:
Speaker Meaning and Expression

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This chapter defines speaker meaning and expression in terms of intention and indication. Different types of speaker meaning are distinguished. These definitions are contrasted with those of Grice, which mistakenly assume that speaker meaning is the attempt to communicate. To express an idea or other mental state is to provide a publically observable indication of its occurrence in a certain way. Communication requires not only meaning but understanding, interpretation as well as expression.

Keywords: speaker meaning; expression; indication; communication; implication; intention; Grice

Chapter.  9209 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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