Imagination and Convention

Imagination and Convention : Distinguishing Grammar and Inference in Language

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How do hearers manage to understand speakers? And how do speakers manage to shape hearers' understanding? Lepore and Stone show that standard views about the workings of semantics and pragmatics are unsatisfactory. They offer a new account of language as a specifically social competence for making our ideas public. They argue that this approach is a good way to target the distinctive mechanisms and problems at play in explaining the human faculty of language. At the
same time, this view embraces the diverse dimensions of meaning that linguists have discovered. This is the right way to delimit semantics.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 302 pages
  • 158 x 234 x 17mm | 452g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0198797419
  • 9780198797418
  • 2,163,477

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 Acting Director of the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science.


Matthew Stone is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Rutgers University.
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