This volume contains essays that explore explicit and implicit
communication through linguistic research. Taking as a framework Paul Grice's
theories on “what is said,” the contributors explore a number of areas, including:
the boundary between semantics and pragmatics; the concept of implicit
communication; the idea of the logical form of our assertions; the notion
of conventional meaning; the phenomenon of deixis, which refers to when an
utterance require context in order to be understood fully; the treatment
of definite descriptions; and the different kinds of pragmatic processes.
is Director of the Doctoral School in Humanities at the University of Genoa. is a graduate student at the University of Genoa.
Front cover image adapted from the sculpture "The Conversation" by Tom Corbin (http://corbinbronze.com).
- What is Said: A Short History in Quotes
- I Semantics First
- What's What's Said?
- Context and Logical Form
- Surprise Indexicalism
- The Lure of Linguistification
- Explicit Performatives
- II Pragmatics First
- Illocutions in Context
- Metaphor and the Scope Argument
- Reference through Mental Files
- Word Meaning, What is Said and Explicature
- III Alternatives
- Grice's Requirements on What is Said
- Ironically Saying and Implicating
- Non Indexical Contextualism
- On Situationalism: Situations with an Attitude
- Three Methodological Flaws of Linguistic Pragmatism
- Direct Discourse, Indirect Discourse and Belief