Intention, Convention, and Principle in the Failure of Gricean Theory
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Implicature by Wayne A. Davis
Book DescriptionH. P. Grice virtually discovered the phenomenon of implicature (to denote the implications of an utterance that are not strictly implied by its content). Gricean theory claims that conversational implicatures can be explained and predicted using general psycho-social principles. This theory has established itself as one of the orthodoxes in the philosophy of language. Wayne Davis argues controversially that Gricean theory does not work. He shows that any principle-based theory understates both the intentionality of what a speaker implicates and the conventionality of what a sentence implicates. In developing his argument the author explains that the psycho-social principles actually define the social function of implicature conventions, which contribute to the satisfaction of those principles. This challenging book will be of importance to philosophers of language and linguists, especially those working in pragmatics and sociolinguistics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521623193
(216mm x 138mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Sep-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Wayne A. Davis
Meaning, Expression and Thought, Paperback (August 2007)
An effort to clarify and defend the doctrine that words are conventional signs of mental states.
Implicature, Paperback (June 2007)
A systematic critique of the Gricean theory of implicature, an established doctrine in the philosophy of language.
Non-Descriptive Meaning and Reference, Hardback (July 2005)» View all books by Wayne A. Davis
Presents a different approach to the foundations of semantics, showing how the so-called 'expression' theory of meaning can handle names and other problematic cases of nondescriptive meaning. This book argues that like other unstructured words, names mean what they do because they are conventionally used to express atomic or basic ideas.
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