Synthese

, Volume 175, Issue 3, pp 383–404

Intention-sensitive semantics

Article

Abstract

A number of authors have argued that the fact that certain indexicals depend for their reference-determination on the speaker’s referential intentions demonstrates the inadequacy of associating such expressions with functions from contexts to referents (characters). By distinguishing between different uses to which the notion of context is put in these argument, I show that this line of argument fails. In the course of doing so, I develop a way of incorporating the role played by intentions into a character-based semantics for indexicals and I argue that the framework I prefer is superior to an alternative which has been proposed by others.

Keywords

Indexicals Speaker intentions Context-sensitivity Semantics vs pragmatics 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Arché—Philosophical Research Centre, Department of Logic and MetaphysicsUniversity of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUK

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