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The Social Foundations of Meaning


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. Eike von Savigny
    Pages 1-4
  3. Eike von Savigny
    Pages 18-51
  4. Eike von Savigny
    Pages 52-67
  5. Eike von Savigny
    Pages 68-83
  6. Eike von Savigny
    Pages 84-99
  7. Eike von Savigny
    Pages 100-113
  8. Eike von Savigny
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  9. Eike von Savigny
    Pages 133-136
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 137-151

About this book


An empirical case study is used here to analyze linguistic meaning as it is embedded in complex social behavior. The whole of a natural signalling system - its nonlinguistic conventions, pragmatics and semantics - is considered. Three sections analyze: the relevant conventional facts; conventional utterance meaning in terms of conventional facts; and, finally, sentence meaning in terms of conventional utterance meaning. Linguistic meaning is seen to be derived from meaningful social behavior rather than from goal-directed behavior of individuals. A number of new results on pragmatic and semantic meaning are reached.


communication pragmatics semantic semantics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Abteilung PhilosophieUniversität BielefeldBielefeld 1Germany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Social Foundations of Meaning
  • Authors Eike v. Savigny
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-19006-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-73466-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-73464-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 151
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Psychology, general
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