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Prashant Parikh

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013451

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013451.001.0001

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(p.194) (p.195) 5 Indeterminacy
Language and Equilibrium

Prashant Parikh

The MIT Press

This chapter first examines some questions related to indeterminacy in the meanings of utterances and equilibrium semantics. It then looks at a further general source of indeterminacy related to the favored Austinian conception of truth. Next, the key question of why texts often have multiple interpretations is addressed followed by a brief discussion of phonologically based indeterminacies. Finally, it gives rigorous formal definitions of the fundamental semantic concepts involved in language and communication, showing how they can be reduced to psychological notions, something Grice and many others have attempted over the past half-century.

Keywords:   indeterminacy, meanings, utterances, equilibrium semantics, truth, language, communication

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