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Semantic possibility

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Science of Meaning
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on the Metatheory of Natural Language Semantics
EditorsD Ball, B Rabern
PublisherOxford University Press
Chapter13
ISBN (Print)9780198739548
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2018

Abstract

I defend an approach to semantics on which meanings are identified with sets of possible worlds (of some kind). The job description for these meanings does not lie in the compositional treatment of intensional contexts;they are not meant to capture what is intuitively asserted or communicated by an utterance; nor are they supposed to shed light on the cognitive processes that underlie out linguistic competence. Instead, their job is to captures ystematic patterns in the interactions between subjects using the relevant language.

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