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That's not what you said! Semantic constraints on literal speech

Fisher, Sarah A; (2024) That's not what you said! Semantic constraints on literal speech. Mind & Language 10.1111/mila.12508. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

According to some philosophers, a sentence's semantics can fail to constitute a complete propositional content, imposing mere constraints on such a content. Recently, Daniel Harris has begun developing a formal constraint semantics. He claims that the semantic values of sentences constrain what speakers can literally say with them—and what hearers can know about what was said. However, that claim is undermined by his conception of semantics as the study of a psychological module. I argue instead that semantic constraints should be understood as properties of public languages.

Type: Article
Title: That's not what you said! Semantic constraints on literal speech
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/mila.12508
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mila.12508
Language: English
Additional information: © 2024 The Authors. Mind & Language published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10189961
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