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Referential Semantics for Narrow Ψ‐Languages

Peter Ludlow

in The Philosophy of Generative Linguistics

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199258536
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725432 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258536.003.0006
Referential Semantics for Narrow Ψ‐Languages

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This chapter considers the possibility of language/world relations. Criticisms from Chomsky are engaged, and a bite the bullet strategy is advocated in which there is a kind of language/world isomorphism. Alternatives to referential semantics are considered — including use-based and expressivist approaches to semantics. These alternatives are found thus far wanting.

Keywords: Chomsky; language/world isomorphism; representations; expressivism; referential semantics

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Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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