Game-Theoretical Semantics

Essays on Semantics by Hintikka, Carlson, Peacocke, Rantala, and Saarinen

  • Esa Saarinen

Part of the Synthese language library book series (SLAP, volume 5)

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Introduction

This book is a collection of studies applying game-theoretical concepts and ideas to analysing the semantics of natural language and some formal languages. The bulk of the book consists of several papers by Hintikka, Carlson and Saarinen and discusses several of the central problems of the semantics of natural language.

The topics covered are the semantics of natural language quantifiers, conditionals, pronouns and anaphora more generally. Hintikka’s famous essay presenting examples of "branching quantifier structures" in English, as well as one formulating his "any-every thesis", are included. The book also includes Hintikka’s closely argued philosophical discussion of the relationships between the new semantical games with the language games of Wittgenstein. Other papers apply the game-theoretical approach to formal languages including tense logics and tense anaphora (Saarinen), deontic logic and Ross’ paradox (Hintikka), and usual predicate logic (Rantala). The latter amounts to an explication of the "impossible possible" worlds as is shown in Hintikka’s concluding paper.

Keywords

language Ludwig Wittgenstein semantic semantics

Editors and affiliations

  • Esa Saarinen
    • 1
  1. 1.Academy of FinlandFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-4108-2
  • Copyright Information D. Reidel Publishing Company 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-3262-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-4108-2
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