Smith, Imogen (2012)
M.Phil. thesis, University of Birmingham.
Inspired by my reading of the conclusions of Plato’s Cratylus, in which I suggest that Socrates endorses the claim that speaker’s intentions determine meaning of their utterances, this thesis investigates a modern parallel. Drawing on observations that people who produce an utterances that do not accord with the conventions of their linguistic community can often nevertheless communicate successfully, Donald Davidson concludes that it is the legitimate intentions of speakers to be interpreted in a particular way that determine the meanings of their utterances.
|Type of Work:||M.Phil. thesis.|
|School/Faculty:||Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law|
|Department:||Department of Philosophy|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy (General)|
P Philology. Linguistics
|Institution:||University of Birmingham|
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