, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 417–432

Idiolects and Language

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10516-011-9151-2

Cite this article as:
Chiffi, D. Axiomathes (2012) 22: 417. doi:10.1007/s10516-011-9151-2


The present paper is intended to analyse from a theoretical point of view the relationships between natural language and idiolects in the context of communication by means of the Davidson–Dummett controversy on the nature of language. I will explore from a pragmatic point of view the reliability of an alternative position inspired by the recent literalism/contextualism debate in philosophy of language in order to overcome some limitations of Dummett’s and Davidson’s perspectives on language, idiolects and communication.


Natural languageIdiolectsDummettDavidsonLiteralismContextualism

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Sciences and CommunicationUniversity of Salento (Lecce)LecceItaly