Axiomathes

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

Idiolects and Language

Original Paper

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Natural language Idiolects Dummett Davidson Literalism Contextualism 

Notes

Acknowledgments

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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