publication . Other literature type . 2017

Gricean Semantics and Vague Speaker-Meaning

Schiffer, Stephen;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2017 Journal: Croatian Journal of Philosophy, volume 17, issue 3 (51) (issn: 1333-1108, eissn: 1847-6139, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Kruzak d.o.o.
Abstract
Presentations of Gricean semantics, including Stephen Neale’s in “Silent Reference,” totally ignore vagueness, even though virtually every utterance is vague. I ask how Gricean semantics might be adjusted to accommodate vague speaker-meaning. My answer is that it can’t accommodate it: the Gricean program collapses in the face of vague speaker-meaning. The Gricean might, however, fi nd some solace in knowing that every other extant meta-semantic and semantic program is in the same boat.
Subjects
free text keywords: Gricean semantics; Stephen Neale; proposition; vagueness; vague speaker-meaning
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