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April 2 : Luca Gasparri (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele)

Luca Gasparri (Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele),

"The Reference of Lexical Content"

Abstract :

Despite being a denotational approach to meaning, model-theoretic analysis suffers from severe limitations when it comes to giving a viable representation of what allows competent speakers of a language to identify the occasions of use of non-functional words. In this talk, I will present evidence to support the claim that such inability to tackle the referential dimension of lexical competence depends on some constitutive features of the analytic machinery at work in formal semantics and I will explore its bearings on the question of the inherent / inherited referentiality of word meanings.

 


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