Literal Meaning and Psychological Theory

@article{Gibbs1984LiteralMA,
  title={Literal Meaning and Psychological Theory},
  author={Raymond W. Gibbs},
  journal={Cognitive Science},
  year={1984},
  volume={8},
  pages={275-304}
}
This paper evaluates the psychological status of literal meaning. Mast linguistic and philosophical theories assume that sentences have well-specified literal meanings which represent the meaning of a sentence independent of context. Recent debate an this issue has centered an whether literal meaning can be equated with context-free meaning, or whether a sentence’s literal meaning is determined only given a set of background assumptions. Neither of these positions meet the demands of a… CONTINUE READING

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