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Meaning: A Slim Guide to Semantics

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Our outstanding ability to communicate is a distinguishing features of our species. To communicate is to convey meaning, but what is meaning? How do words combine to give us the meanings of sentences? And what makes a statement ambiguous or nonsensical? These questions and many others are addressed in Paul Elbourne's fascinating guide. He opens by asking what kinds of thin ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 30th 2011)
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While philosophy underwent the "linguistic turn" around the mid 20th century, philosophy of language has undergone something like a "linguistics turn" in the past 15 years, where the most interesting contemporary philosophical work in language has been informed by, or in some cases is indistinguishable from, research in contemporary linguistics (mainly semantics and pragmatics).

The traditional issues that would be taught in an intro philosophy of language class (the meaning of names, definite d
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