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Meaning, Intentions, and Argumentation

What is the relationship between words and reality? Which are the best ways to convince or persuade other people? Besides philosophy and grammar, ancient Greeks developed rhetoric to answer these questions. The twentieth-century brought the birth of semantics and pragmatics for a systematic study of linguistic meaning and linguistic acts. Meaning, Intentions, and Argumentation brings together the work of leading contemporary scholars approaching those issues from various perspectives—from the old disciplines of philosophy and rhetoric to the newest thinking on semantics and pragmatics—to illuminate crucial aspects of meaning, communication, argumentation, and persuasion.

252 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2008

Lecture Notes

Language and Linguistics: Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics, Syntax and Semantics

Philosophy: Logic and Philosophy of Language

Table of Contents

The Roads to Meaning
Kepa Kota and Joana Garmendia
1. Intention, Reference and Semantic Value
John Perry
2. Singular Propositions, Quasi-singular Propositions, and Reports
Eros Corazza
3. On Perry’s Relative Truth-conditions
Luis M. Valdés-Villanueva
4. Fiction and Deception: How Cooperative is Literature?
Salvatore Attardo
5. Failures, Omissions, and Negative Descriptions
Achille C. Varzi
6. The Case for Core Meaning
Manfred Kienpointner
7. Situations from events to proofs
Tim Fernando
8. A Compositional Account of Counterfactuals
Nicholas Asher and Eric McCready
9. The rhetorical attachment of questions and answers
Philippe Muller and Laurent Prévot
10. Epideictic Rhetoric and the Representation of Human Decision and Choice
Marc Dominicy
11. Within the bounds of reason: Strategic maneuvering in argumentative discourse
Frans H. Van Eemeren and Peter Houtlosser

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