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Translational Semantics

Ernest Lepore

in Meaning, Mind, and Matter

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580781
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595264 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580781.003.0002
Translational Semantics

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Interpretation is distinct from translation. However, J. A. Fodor and G. Harman have challenged the claim that an interpretive truth theory for a natural language is more informative than a translation manual of its object language into another language. We explain the sense in which they are wrong and in the process we will articulate a set of adequacy conditions that any semantics for a natural language must meet.

Keywords: truth theory; translation; J. A. Fodor; G. Harman; semantics; interpretation; natural language

Chapter.  4914 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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