Do linguistic meanings meet linguistic form?



Meaning, Formal semantics, Allosemy


In this brief note, I offer some considerations to the effect of arguing (i) that Duffley's criticism to formal semantics is based on a dogma about the proper nature of the linguistic sing, and (ii) that, even when I agree with the general spirit of his realizational theory of meaning, an explicit theory of how syntax affects meanings realization is missing.


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Biografia do Autor

Andrés Saab

PhD in Linguistics from the University of Buenos Aires. Associate researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research. Associate Professor at the University of Buenos Aires.


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SAAB, A. Do linguistic meanings meet linguistic form? . Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 45, n. 1, p. 155–174, 2022. Disponível em: Acesso em: 29 set. 2022.