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Minimal Semantics and the Global Art of Communication

Emma Borg

in Minimal Semantics

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270255
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601477 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199270252.003.0006
Minimal Semantics and the Global Art of Communication

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This chapter spells out the precise claims of minimal semantics and the role it accords to context in semantic theorizing. It also recapitulates the claims made with respect to the modularity of linguistic understanding, arguing that grasp of literal linguistic meaning is a properly modular process while grasp of what is said by a speaker is a non-modular process (thus, communication is global in the sense that it requires a range of intra-personal cognitive systems). Finally, some relevant questions that are not addressed in detail in the book are raised.

Keywords: communication; context; literal meaning; semantics

Chapter.  5911 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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