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Inferentialism and the Compositionality of Meaning

Inferentialism and the Compositionality of Meaning <jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Inferentialism is a species of use-theory of meaning, which, however, identifies meanings neither with regularities of usage, nor with underlying dispositions, but rather with 'rules' of usage. is is, of course, underlain by the picture of language as an essentially rule governed enterprise. One of the frequent challenges to the inferentialist picture is that it cannot come up with a notion of meaning that would be compositional. In this paper I address this objection (as well as some other, related ones) and I show that it stems from a miscontrual of the inferentialist standpoint.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Review of Pragmatics Brill

Inferentialism and the Compositionality of Meaning

International Review of Pragmatics , Volume 1 (1): 154 – Jan 1, 2009

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1877-3095
eISSN
1877-3109
DOI
10.1163/187731009X455875
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Abstract

<jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Inferentialism is a species of use-theory of meaning, which, however, identifies meanings neither with regularities of usage, nor with underlying dispositions, but rather with 'rules' of usage. is is, of course, underlain by the picture of language as an essentially rule governed enterprise. One of the frequent challenges to the inferentialist picture is that it cannot come up with a notion of meaning that would be compositional. In this paper I address this objection (as well as some other, related ones) and I show that it stems from a miscontrual of the inferentialist standpoint.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

Journal

International Review of PragmaticsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: COMPOSITIONALITY; INFERENTIALISM; SEMANTICS

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