Donald Davidson's Truth-Theoretic Semantics
The work of Donald Davidson (1917-2003) transformed the study of meaning. Ernie Lepore and Kirk Ludwig, two of the world's leading authorities on Davidson's work, present the definitive study of his widely admired and influential program of truth-theoretic semantics for natural languages, giving an exposition and critical examination of its foundations and applications.
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3 Implementation of the Extension of the Truth Theory to Quantifiers
4 Proper Names Indexicals and Simple Demonstratives
5 Complex Demonstratives
6 The Semantics of Quotation
7 Adjectives and Adverbs
8 The Simple Tenses of State and Event Verbs
9 Temporal Adverbials and Quantifiers
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adjectives adverbial ambitious approach argument places assertion assign axioms Brutus canonical proof Chapter complement clause complex demonstratives compositional meaning theory consider context context-sensitive context-sensitive language contribution Convention corresponding Davidson Davidson’s account Davidson’s proposal device difficulty discussion earth moves English Channel entails equivalent event verbs example extend f satisfies false formulas functions f Galileo give gremlins imperatives and interrogatives indexical indirect discourse interpretive truth theory introduced intuitively John John’s logical constants logical form main verb Mary metalanguage modified natural language nominal notion noun phrases object language sentence paratactic present tense proper names proposition expressed quotation marks recursive reference axioms referring terms regimented relation relative relativized replaced represented requires restricted quantifiers role satisfaction conditions sense sentences containing sentential sequences singular terms someone speaker speech act structure suggestion T-sentence tall Tarski’s temporal treat treatment true0 truth conditions truth value truth-theoretic semantics understanding Universal Quantifier utterance variables