Imagination and Convention: Distinguishing Grammar and Inference in Language

Imagination and Convention: Distinguishing Grammar and Inference in Language

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What do speakers mean? What do they convey? What do they reveal? How do they invite us to think? Communication exploits conventional rules, deliberate choices, and many other faculties. How? A common answer invokes simple meanings and general ways to reinterpret them, as in H. P. Grice's theory of conversational implicature. Lepore and Stone show such answers are unsatisfactory. Instead, they argue that language provides diverse tools for making ideas public, and that communication recruits distinct kinds of imagination. The work synthesizes results from across cognitive science into a profoundly new account of meaning in language.The ideas germinated in a seminar on metaphor at Rutgers in 2007, and were followed up in seminars on the semanticsa€“pragmatics divide (with Gil Harman) in 2012, and on creativity and language (with Liz Camp) in 2014. We also taught ... Topoi 2010: 29(2). The summary and projection of Part III overlaps partly with our essay a€œFigures of Speecha€ from The Philosophera#39;s Magazine, 1st Quarter 2012.


Title:Imagination and Convention: Distinguishing Grammar and Inference in Language
Author: Ernie Lepore, Matthew Stone
Publisher:OUP Oxford - 2014-12-11
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