Meaning in Linguistic Interaction: Semantics, Metasemantics, Philosophy of Language (Paperback)

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This book offers a semantic and metasemantic inquiry into the representation of meaning in linguistic interaction. Kasia Jaszczolt's view represents the most radical stance on meaning to be found in the contextualist tradition and thereby the most radical take on the semantics/pragmatics boundary. It allows for the selection of the cognitively plausible object of enquiry without being constrained by such distinctions as what is said/what is implicated or what is linguistic and what is extralinguistic. She argues that this is the only promising stance on meaning. The analysis transcends the traditional distinctions drawn, and traditional questions posed, in post-Gricean pragmatics and philosophy of language. It heavily relies on the dynamic construction of meaning in discourse, using truth conditions as a tool but at the same time conforming to pragmatic compositionality ? whereby aspects of meaning that enter this composition have very different provenance.

Meaning in Linguistic Interaction builds on the author's earlier work on Default Semantics and adds new arguments in favour of radical contextualism as well as novel applications, focusing on the role of salience, the flexibility of word meaning, the literal/nonliteral distinction, and the dynamic nature of a character, as well as offering an entirely new perspective on the indexical/nonindexical distinction. It contains a state-of-the-art discussion of the semantics/pragmatics boundary disputes, focusing on varieties of semantic minimalism and contextualism and on the limitations of an indexicalism. Jaszczolt's work is illustrated with examples from a variety of languages and offers some formal representations of meaning in the metalanguage of Default Semantics.

About the Author

Kasia M. Jaszczolt is Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy of Language at the University of Cambridge and Professorial Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge. She has published extensively on various topics in semantics, pragmatics, and philosophy of language, and in 2012 was elected a member of the Academia Europaea. Her authored books include Discourse, Beliefs and Intentions (Elsevier, 1999), Semantics and Pragmatics (Longman, 2002), Default Semantics (OUP, 2005), and Representing Time (OUP, 2009); she is also co-editor, with Keith Allan, of The Cambridge Handbook of Pragmatics (CUP, 2012), with Louis de Saussure, of Time: Language, Cognition, and Reality (OUP, 2013), and, with Minyao Huang, of Expressing the Self (OUP, 2017).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780198832133
ISBN-10: 0198832133
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: December 25th, 2018
Pages: 240
Language: English