Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Sentence meaning: in contrast to the case of word meaning, the composition of the parts of the sentence must be taken into account for the sentence meaning. The so-called use theory of meaning does not apply to whole sentences. See also compositionality, use, use theory, truth values, context/context dependency.

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Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

 
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Illocutionary force / meaning / Searle / Cresswell: Thesis: sentence meaning is the illocutionary force (acting force) - Cresswell: then it must be possible that the same sentence occurs with a different illocutionary force (on another occasion) - The best thing you could then say is that sentence meaning is a function of usage contexts (conditions of use) on the force that the sentence had if it was used in the situation - CresswellVsSearle: but only the truth conditional semantics takes the problem of embedding seriously.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

Cr I
M. J. Cresswell
Semantical Essays (Possible worlds and their rivals) Dordrecht Boston 1988

Cr II
M. J. Cresswell
Structured Meanings Cambridge Mass. 1984


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-07-27