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Metalinguistic and metacontextual effects

Mena, Ricardo (2022) Metalinguistic and metacontextual effects. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 37 (3). pp. 275-290. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

Some assertions that are not about the meanings of the words used can transmit information about those meanings. In (Mena, 2022) I offered an explanation of that phenomenon purely in semantic terms. The novelty of that theory consists in including interpretations of language in circumstances of evaluation: the parameters relative to which we evaluate the contents of linguistic expressions. In this paper I argue that assertions of sentences containing indexicals can communicate information about the context of use, even though those sentences are not about contexts. Given this, I offer an extension of my theory of metalinguistic effects to model indexicals in an analogous way. Also, I discuss the many ways in which the theory presented here differs from other bidimensional semantics.


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Mena, Ricardormena@filosoficas.unam.mx0000-0002-1185-9510
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: philosophy of language, metalinguistic effects, context, indexicals
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2023 20:57
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2023 20:57
Item ID: 21727
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: https://ojs.ehu.eus/index.php/THEORIA/article/view...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.23458
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: September 2022
Page Range: pp. 275-290
Volume: 37
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21727

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