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Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy. Uppsala University, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7467-7263
2016 (English)In: Nous, Vol. 50, no 4, p. 759-793Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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It is sometimes argued that certain sentences of natural language fail to express truth conditional contents. Standard examples include e.g. Tipper is ready and Steel is strong enough. In this paper, we provide a novel analysis of truth conditional meaning (what is said) using the notion of a question under discussion. This account (i) explains why these types of sentences are not, in fact, semantically underdetermined (yet seem truth conditionally incomplete), (ii) provides a principled analysis of the process by which natural language sentences (in general) can come to have enriched meanings in context, and (iii) shows why various alternative views, e.g. so‚Äźcalled Radical Contextualism, Moderate Contextualism, and Semantic Minimalism, are partially right in their respective analyses of the problem, but also all ultimately wrong. Our analysis achieves this result using a standard truth conditional and compositional semantics and without making any assumptions about enriched logical forms, i.e. logical forms containing phonologically null expressions.

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2016. Vol. 50, no 4, p. 759-793
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-379099DOI: 10.1111/nous.12133OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-379099DiVA, id: diva2:1295442
Available from: 2019-03-11 Created: 2019-03-11 Last updated: 2019-08-07Bibliographically approved

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