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Modularity

Emma Borg

in Minimal Semantics

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270255
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601477 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199270252.003.0003
Modularity

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An introduction to the notion of modularity of mind and an argument as to why only formal semantic theories are compatible with the claim that semantic comprehension is the product of a (Fodorian) modular system. This chapter also looks at some initial challenges to formal semantics stemming from the apparent place of pragmatic reasoning in our grasp of meaning. These include arguments concerning the nature of speech acts, the analysis of implicatures, word learning, and ambiguity.

Keywords: ambiguity; Fodor; implicatures; modularity; speech acts; word learning

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Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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