Discourse contextualism : a framework for contextualist by Alex Silk

By Alex Silk

Alex Silk investigates the function of context within the that means and use of average language. His textual content presents a scientific account of the special ways that audio system use context-sensitive expressions to coordinate their attitudes and negotiate approximately how the context should still evolve.

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This suggests a strategy for developing a contextualist account of CR-expressions. We can generalize our insights about paradigm context-sensitive ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, //, SPi ✐ ✐  discourse contextualism expressions to yield the following structure for a contextualist account of a CR-expression ‘α’:15 Discourse Contextualism (outline): . Compositional semantics: ‘α’ is semantically associated with a relevant contextual parameter or variable x. . Interpretive constraints: Utterances of ‘α’-sentences (a) assume that the conversational situation determines a value for x that would make the utterance appropriate, and (b) assert something about the world given this value.

7 Third, it is common in linguistic semantics to treat various paradigm contextsensitive expressions on the model of variables. g. Heim & Kratzer , Schlenker , Cumming , Heim , Ninan a). There may be reasons for distinguishing how context fixes the values of indexicals (à la Kaplan ) from how assignment functions fix the values of variables, and for distinguishing the assignment of values to variables shifted by quantifiers from the assignment of values to context-sensitive expressions (cf.

15 I treat ‘α’, ‘β’, etc. as schematic letters to be replaced with expressions of the appropriate category. I generally reserve ‘φ’, ‘ψ’, etc. for declarative sentences. g. using ‘s ∩ φ’ as short for ‘s ∩ [[‘φ’]]c ’, where [[‘φ’]]c = {w : [[‘φ’]]c,w = }. [[ · ]] is the interpretation function, a function from (abstract) contexts c and expressions to contents, or, equivalently, from contexts, indices, and expressions to extensions. (More on the relevant notions of context in Ch. ) I will use boldfaced type for parameters/variables, and italics for their values in context.

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