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The Semantics Pragmatics Distinction cover

The Semantics/Pragmatics Distinction

edited by Claudia Bianchi

Semantic theory in linguistics cannot retain its traditional purity, free of pragmatic contextual considerations. Agreement with the preceding claim, generally shared by this volume's contributors, provides the setting for a presentation of various provocative approaches toward a precise definition of pragmatics along with a reconciliation of pragmatics with semantics.

Here is a collection of leading-edge work that examines the semantics/pragmatics dispute in terms of phenomena such as indexicals, proper names, conventional and conversational implicatures, procedural meaning, and semantic underdetermination. Examples show how these phenomena reach from the linguistic realm to the fields of psychology, philosophy, literature, and anthropology.

Claudia Bianchi is Researcher at the University S. Raffaele, Milan, Italy.


  • Preface
  • 1 Semntics and Pragmatics: The Distinction Reloaded Claudia Bianchi
  • 2 The Lean Mean Semantic Machine Stefano Predelli
  • 3 Minding the Gap Kent Bach
  • 4 “What is Said” and the Semantics/Pragmatics François Récanti
  • 5 Truth-Conditional Content and Conversational Implicature Robyn Carston
  • 6 Procedural Meaning and the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface Anne Bezuidenhout
  • 7 Assertation and the Semantics of Force Markers Manuel García Carpentino
  • 8 The Syntax and Pragmatics of the Naming Relation Kenneth A. Taylor
  • Index


ISBN (Paperback): 1575864584 (9781575864587)
ISBN (Electronic): 1575869225 (9781575869223)

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