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Jeffrey King (Rutgers)

 

Jeffrey KING,
Directeur d'études invité à l'EHESS,
Distinguished Professor, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University

Vendredi 5 juin 2015 à 11h30 à 13h - Séance organisée conjointement avec le séminaire LINGUAE

Institut Nicod, Ecole normale supérieure, 29, rue d'Ulm 75005 Paris. Salle de réunion, RDC.


"Strong contextual felicity and felicitous underspecification"


Abstract:
Tonhauser et al [2013] and Beaver and von Fintel [2013 a,b] have argued that certain triggers for projected content put particularly stringent conditions on contexts.  They require contexts to entail their projected contents and this condition cannot be accommodated.  Tonhauser et al and Beaver and von Fintel call this condition strong contextual felicity (SCF).  Beaver and von Fintel claim that while certain contextually sensitive expressions give rise to SCF, others don’t.  They suggest that this shows that different kinds of contextually sensitive expressions have different metasemantic accounts explaining how they get semantic values in context.  I argue that all contextually sensitive expressions give rise to SCF, so that the claim that they are all governed by a single metasemantics can be reinstated.

 

 

 


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