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dc.contributor.authorTanter, Kai
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-15T00:29:07Z
dc.date.available2018-03-15T00:29:07Z
dc.date.issued2017en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/208761
dc.description  © 2017 Kai Tanter
dc.description.abstractStandard theories in philosophy of language tend to endorse three claims: 1. Representationalist notions such as truth and reference are semantic primitives; 2. Sentence level meaning is propositional; 3. The meaning of complex expressions is a function of the meaning of their constituents. This thesis develops a semantics for languages with both imperative and declarative sentences, along with constituent names and predicates, and which rejects 1. and 2. above. The key features of this semantics are: inferentialism, compositionality, and content pluralism. It is inferentialist in the sense that, contra 1., meanings are treated as inferential roles, determined by norms of use in speech acts such as asserting and commanding. This is formalised as a proof-theoretic semantics in a cut-free sequent calculus system. It is compositional in the sense that the inference rules assigned to sentences are a function of those assigned to their constituents, names and predicates. In contrast to 2., it is a kind of content pluralism. This means that declarative and imperatives sentences express different sentence level semantic types, rather than just propositions. Despite this, sameness of word meaning is preserved across these different sentence types.en_US
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dc.subjectphilosophy of languageen_US
dc.subjectlogicen_US
dc.subjectinferentialismen_US
dc.subjectimperativesen_US
dc.subjectsemanticsen_US
dc.subjectbilateralismen_US
dc.subjectcontent pluralismen_US
dc.subjectcompositionalityen_US
dc.titleComposing commands: an inferentialist semantics for subsententials and imperativesen_US
dc.typeMasters Research thesisen_US
melbourne.affiliation.departmentSchool of Historical and Philosophical Studies
melbourne.affiliation.facultyArts
melbourne.thesis.supervisornameRestall, Greg
melbourne.contributor.authorTanter, Kai
melbourne.accessrightsOpen Access


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