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Jonas Åkerman (Stockholm University)


Vendredi 15  novembre 2013 de 11h à 13h

Institut Jean-Nicod - ENS, 29, rue d'Ulm 75005 Paris. Pavillon Jardin, Salle du RDC.

Jonas Åkerman (Stockholm University)

Recording Pragmatics

In the recent literature on indexicals it is widely agreed that various examples of recorded messages call for revision of the semantic theory originally offered by Kaplan. Insofar as the possibility of accommodating these examples in terms of a pragmatic account has been considered at all, it has been dismissed rather quickly. Too quickly. in my opinion. I argue that things are far more complicated than suggested by the arguments offered against the pragmatic approach. Once we take these complications into account, we see that there is scope for handling the putative counterexamples and resisting the arguments.