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Words and Contents

Richard Vallée, foreword by John Perry

The papers collected in Richard Vallée's Words and Contents span twenty‐one years of research. Beginning with referring expressions and later addressing context sensitivity, the book examines how specific words contribute to the contents of utterances and the philosophical issues that surround them. Within these papers, Vallée navigates the discovery and exploration of different modes of expression and perspectives on language.

Richard Vallée is professor of philosophy at the Université de Moncton, Canada.

Advance Praise for Words and Contents
Words and Contents contains some of the most inspiring papers in modern philosophy of language, semantics, and pragmatics. Vallée's incredible capacity and sharpness shows an uncommon virtue among philosophers of his generation.”
Kepa Korta
University of the Basque Country (UPV‐EHU)

“Vallée presents new insights on: conventional implicatures, slurring words, relative gradable adjectives, the plural use of indexicals, problems with color terms raised by Travis, etc. Anyone interested in the latest development in the philosophy of language will benefit in reading Vallée's new book.&rquo;
Eros Corazza
University of the Basque Country (UPV‐EHU)


  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • 1 Who Are We?
  • 2 Talking About Us
  • 3 Complex Demonstratives, Articulation, and Overarticulation
  • 4 Unarticulated Comparison Classes
  • 5 Conventional Implicature Revisited
  • 6 On Local Bars and Imported Beers
  • 7 Slurring and Common Knowledge of Ordinary Language
  • 8 Color Adjectives, Compositionality and True Utterances
  • Index

October 3, 2018

ISBN (Paperback): 9781684000388 (1684000297)

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