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Information, relevance, and social decisionmaking: some principles and results of decision-theoretic semantics

@inproceedings{Merin1999InformationRA,
  title={Information, relevance, and social decisionmaking: some principles and results of decision-theoretic semantics},
  author={A. Merin},
  year={1999}
}
I propose to treat natural language semantics as a branch of pragmatics, identified in the way of C.S. Peirce, F.P. Ramsey, and R. Carnap as decision-theory. The notion of relevance plays a key role. It is explicated traditionally, distinguished from a recent homophone, and applied in its natural framework of issue-based communication. Empirical emphasis is on implicature and presupposition. Several theorems are stated and made use of. Items analyzed include ‘or’, ‘not’, ‘but’, ‘even’, and… Expand
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