The semantics / pragmatics distinction : a view from relevance theory *

@inproceedings{Carston1998TheS,
  title={The semantics / pragmatics distinction : a view from relevance theory *},
  author={Robyn Carston},
  year={1998}
}
The assumption that sentence types encode proposition types was shaken by Donnellan’s observation that a sentence with a definite description subject could express either a general or a singular propos ition. In other words, a single sentence type could have different truth conditions on different occasions of use. Relevance Theory holds a strong version of this “semantic underdeterminacy” thesis, according to which natural language sentences standardly fall far short of encoding propositions… CONTINUE READING
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