, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 417–432 | Cite as

Idiolects and Language

Original Paper


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 



I am grateful to Martin Stokhof, Carlo Dalla Pozza, Carlo Penco and Davide Sergio for critical comments on an earlier version of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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