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The purpose of the essential indexical

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posted on 11.03.2015, 00:00 authored by Cathy LeggCathy Legg
This paper takes indexicality as a case-study for critical examination of the distinction between semantics and pragmatics as currently conceived in mainstream philosophy of language. Both a ‘pre-indexical’ and ‘post-indexical’ analytic formal semantics are examined and found wanting, and instead an argument is mounted for a ‘properly pragmatist pragmatics’, according to which we do not work out what signs mean in some abstract overall sense and then work out to what use they are being put; rather, we must understand to what use signs are being put in order to work out what they mean.

History

Source

The Commens Working Papers: Preprints, Research Reports & Scientific Communications

Volume

6

Series

Commens working papers: preprints, research reports and scientific communications

Pagination

1 - 14

Publisher

Commens Working Papers

Place of publication

[London, Eng.]

ISSN

2342-4532

Language

eng

Publication classification

A6.1 Research report/technical paper

Copyright notice

[2015, Catherine Legg]