Semantic particularism and linguistic competence

Bergqvist, A. (2009) Semantic particularism and linguistic competence. Logique et Analyse, 52(208), pp. 343-361.

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In this paper I examine a contemporary debate about the general notion of linguistic rules and the place of context in determining meaning, which has arisen in the wake of a challenge that the con- ceptual framework of moral particularism has brought to the table. My aim is to show that particularism in the theory of meaning yields an attractive model of linguistic competence that stands as a genuine alternative to other use-oriented but still generalist accounts that al- low room for context-sensitivity in deciding how the linguistic rules would apply in concrete cases. I argue that the ideas developed in relation to particularism in meta-ethics illuminate a difficulty with the modest generalist view, one that can be resolved by adopting semantic particularism instead.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bergqvist, Dr Anna
Authors: Bergqvist, A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Logique et Analyse

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