On the Plurality of Tongues
Cameron Domenico Kirk-Giannini (Rutgers University - Newark)

December 17, 2019, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Australian Catholic University

4th floor
250 Victoria Parade
East Melbourne 3002
Australia

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Careful consideration of the relationship between the horizontal and diagonal propositions of an utterance shows that David Lewis's attempt to ground sentential meaning in linguistic conventions of truthfulness and trust cannot succeed: given Lewis's theoretical commitments, the facts about convention to which he appeals are in principle unable to distinguish between different languages which make the same predictions about when speakers will be disposed to produce utterances.

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