Is semantics still possible?

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The standard view of semantics-that every disambiguated sentence has a determinate semantic content, relative to an assignment of contents to its indexical expressions, and not necessarily identical to what may be conveyed (pragmatically) by its utterance-is defended against standard objections and is also argued for on independent grounds, which suggest that resistance to the view comes from a failure to distinguish between "strict semantics" and "loose semantics".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-359
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Pragmatics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2002


  • Context
  • Literal Nonliteral
  • Meaning
  • Pragmatics
  • Semantics
  • What is said

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Artificial Intelligence


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