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Linguistic Meaning and Non-Truth-Conditionality

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Xosé Rosales Sequeiros

This book offers a new perspective on current semantic theory by analysing key aspects of linguistic meaning and non-truth-conditional semantics. It applies non-truth-conditional semantics to various areas of language and critically considers earlier approaches to the study of semantic meaning, such as truth-conditional semantics, Speech Act theory and Gricean conventional implicatures. The author argues that those earlier approaches to linguistic semantics do not stand up to close scrutiny and are subject to a number of counterexamples, indicating that they are insufficient for a comprehensive and unified account of linguistic semantics.
An alternative framework is then presented based on recent developments in the field, demonstrating that it is possible to provide a unified account of linguistic semantics by making two fundamental distinctions between (a) conceptual and procedural meaning and (b) explicit and implicit communication. These two distinctions, combined with the various levels of representation available in linguistic communication, allow researchers to capture the variety of linguistic meaning encountered in natural language. The study includes a discussion of a number of areas within linguistic semantics, including sentence adverbials, parentheticals, discourse/pragmatic connectives, discourse particles, interjections and mood indicators.

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Index achievability 205, 207 actual 203, 209, 211, 212, 222, 223, 224, 227, 229, 242 additions 71 adverbials 12, 19, 31, 32, 38, 48, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 72, 131, 133, 134, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 148, 151, 161, 233, 237, 238 Alonso-Cortés 184, 185, 187, 245 Ameka 182, 245 asking 8, 32, 44, 45, 49, 52, 53, 56, 70, 83, 115, 197, 198, 199, 201, 210, 225, 227, 229, 242, 243 assertion 29, 46, 54, 147, 148 attitudinal adverbs 56, 57, 58, 143 Bach 49, 110, 131, 245 Bach and Harnish 131 believing 8, 83 Blakemore 9, 13, 26, 27, 76, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 102, 104, 107, 108, 129, 152, 154, 155, 157, 167, 173, 236, 245, 246 Bolinger 197, 246 Cann 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 194, 210, 246 Carston 66, 91, 246 central system 87, 88, 103, 236 cognitive effects 91, 92, 95, 96, 98, 122, 155, 157, 169, 171, 216, 217, 236 cognitive processes 86, 89, 219 coherence relations 154, 164 coherence theory 154, 164 communicative competence 50 compositionality 139, 140, 141, 148, 162, 163, 172, 238 computational theory 84 computations 84, 85, 86, 88, 92, 93, 103, 156, 163, 236, 237 conceivability 205 conceptual meaning 9, 102, 106, 156, 161, 162, 163, 174, 181, 185 concessions 71 confidentially 55, 56, 136 connectives 9, 13, 19, 27, 29, 38, 47, 62, 63, 64, 68, 69, 71, 73, 74, 75, 79, 80, 91, 94,...

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