Use-Conditional Meaning: Studies in Multidimensional Semantics (Oxford Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics 6)

Use-Conditional Meaning: Studies in Multidimensional Semantics (Oxford Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics 6)

By: Daniel Gutzmann (author)Paperback

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This book seeks to bring together the pragmatic theory of 'meaning as use' with the traditional semantic approach that considers meaning in terms of truth conditions. Daniel Gutzmann adopts core ideas by the philosopher David Kaplan in assuming that the meaning of expressions such as oops or damn can be captured by giving the conditions under which they can be felicitously used. He develops a multidimensional approach to meaning, called hybrid semantics, that incorporates use conditions alongside truth conditions in a unified framework. This new system overcomes the empirical gaps and conceptual problems associated with previous multidimensional systems; it also lessens the burden on the compositional system by shifting restrictions on the combination of use-conditional expressions to the lexicon-semantics interface instead of building them directly into the combinatoric rules. The approach outlined in this book can capture the entire meaning of complex expressions, and also has natural applications in the analysis of sentence mood and modal particles in German, as Gutzmann's two detailed case studies demonstrate. The book will be a valuable resource for linguists working in the fields of semantics, pragmatics, and philosophy of language, as well as to philosophers and cognitive scientists with an interest in meaning in language.

About Author

Daniel Gutzmann is a Visiting Professor in German linguistics at the University of Cologne. His research interests are semantics, pragmatics, and philosophy of language. He has worked and published on the semantics of various kinds of non-truth conditional meaning, including expressives, modal particles, personal datives, sentence mood, and verum focus, as well as on the pragmatics of quotation. He is the co-editor of Beyond Expressives: Explorations in Use-Conditional Meaning (Brill, 2013) and of Approaches to Meaning: Composition, Values, and Interpretation (Brill, 2014). Daniel Gutzmann won the 2014 Humboldt award of the DGfS (German Linguistics Society) for the best dissertation on which his book is based. His theory integrates meaning and use-conditions of utterances in a unifying framework, and the high accessibility of his monograph was honourably mentioned by the jury.


1. Introduction ; 2. The case for use-conditional meaning ; 3. Previous approaches to multidimensional meaning ; 4. A multidimensional logic for hybrid semantics ; 5. Sentence mood ; 6. Modal particles ; 7. Uncharted dimensions ; Appendix ; References ; Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780198723837
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9780198723837
  • weight: 578
  • ISBN10: 0198723830

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