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, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 417-432

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Idiolects and Language

  • Daniele ChiffiAffiliated withDepartment of Social Sciences and Communication, University of Salento (Lecce) Email author 

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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 language Idiolects Dummett Davidson Literalism Contextualism