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Words and thoughts : subsentences, ellipsis, and the philosophy of language

Author: Robert Stainton
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Published in the United States by Oxford University Press, 2006.
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It is a near truism of philosophy of language that sentences are prior to words - that they are the only things that fundamentally have meaning. This work interrogates this idea, drawing on a body of evidence to argue that speakers can and do use mere words, not sentences, to communicate complex thoughts.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Stainton, Robert.
Words and thoughts.
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Published in the United States by Oxford University Press, 2006
(DLC) 2006016273
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Stainton
ISBN: 9780191530548 0191530549 9780191719523 0191719528
OCLC Number: 427507893
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 248 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: The appearances and some background --
Introduction : the appearances, and what they might mean --
Further background issues --
The genuineness issue --
Not a full-fledged speech act? --
Extra-grammatical maneuvers --
Semantic ellipsis --
Syntactic ellipsis --
A divide-and-conquer strategy --
A positive representational-pragmatic view --
Implications --
Language : thought relations --
Sentence primacy --
Sentences, assertion, and the semantics-pragmatics boundary.
Responsibility: Robert J. Stainton.

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