Imagination and Convention

Imagination and Convention : Distinguishing Grammar and Inference in Language

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What do speakers mean? What do they convey? What do they reveal? How do they invite us to think? Communication exploits conventional rules, deliberate choices, and many other faculties. How? A common answer invokes simple meanings and general ways to reinterpret them, as in H. P. Grice's theory of conversational implicature. Lepore and Stone show such answers are unsatisfactory. Instead, they argue that language provides diverse tools for making ideas public, and
that communication recruits distinct kinds of imagination. The work synthesizes results from across cognitive science into a profoundly new account of meaning in language.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 163 x 239 x 25mm | 608g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0198717180
  • 9780198717188
  • 1,861,933

Table of contents

I: THE LANDSCAPE OF PRAGMATIC INFERENCE; II: THE INTERPRETIVE EFFECTS OF LINGUISTIC RULES; III: VARIETIES OF INTERPRETIVE REASONING; IV: THEORIZING SEMANTICS AND PRAGMATICS
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Review quote

Lepore and Stone's articulation of direct intentionalism offers a strategy for combining into a unified theory both fundamental philosophical theories concerning the nature of intentions and cooperative activity and empirical theories in linguistics and cognitive science concerning the particular mechanism of natural languages. This is a significant accomplishment.... I wholeheartedly recommend their book for anyone interested in the relationship between conventional
meaning and cooperative rational action and the attendant issue of how to understand the relationship between pragmatics and semantics. * Lenny Clapp, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
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About Ernie Lepore

Ernie Lepore is Board of Governors, Professor of Philosophy and an Acting Director of the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers.

Matthew Stone is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers.
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