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?

philosophy of language 

Pagin's 'Communication and Strong Compositionality' is about this.


philosophy of language 

Pagin and Westerståhl discuss Pagin's argument.

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