Overt Context-Sensitivity: The Problems of Indexicality

Emma Borg

in Minimal Semantics

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270255
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601477 | DOI:
Overt Context-Sensitivity: The Problems of Indexicality

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Looks at a classic problem for formal theories of meaning, stemming from the existence of expressions whose meaning depends, in part, on the context in which they are produced (e.g. demonstratives, indexicals, tensed expressions). I argue that formal accounts can accommodate such expressions (e.g. can generate truth-conditions for sentences containing them) without admitting rich contextual features (like speaker intentions) to the semantic realm.

Keywords: context-sensitivity; demonstratives; indexicals; speaker intentions

Chapter.  27147 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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