philosophy of language 

I have been thinking about a question that I would have expected to have been discussed, but I haven't come across much.

We are told that a theory of meaning for a language is important because it illuminates the question of how speakers can encounter a novel sentence and work out what it means.

Textbooks in semantics often start with this motivation. I have taught the topic this way too.

What about the task for the speaker of selecting the right sentence?

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philosophy of language 

Pagin's 'Communication and Strong Compositionality' is about this.
doi.org/10.1023/A:102425852903

philosophy of language 

Pagin and Westerståhl discuss Pagin's argument.
doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-9991.20

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