[SydPhil] Notification: Dave Ripley @ Thu 14 Mar 2019 15:00 - 16:30 (AEDT) (Current Projects)

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Title: Dave Ripley
Title: Incompatibility semantics and entailment

Abstract: A full semantic theory for natural language needs to at least  
partially explain a lot of speaker intuitions: intuitions of entailment, of  
incompatibility, of synonymy, of truth conditions, and so on. Different  
approaches to semantic theory might take one of these to be primary, and  
attempt to explain the others derivatively. For example, much mainstream  
semantic theorizing takes truth conditions as primary, using them to  
explain all of entailment, incompatibility, and synonymy. In this talk, I  
will pursue a different option. Developing ideas from Greg Restall (and,  
earlier, Christine Ladd-Franklin and Peter Strawson), I will put forward a  
theory on which incompatibility is taken as primary, and the other notions  
are seen to be derivative. It's been argued that such an approach cannot  
make good sense of entailment in particular, essentially because  
incompatibility is about ruling things *out* while entailment is about  
ruling things *in*. I will show that this is not the case. By developing a  
notion of implicit assertion, I will argue that an incompatibility-based  
approach can give us a solid and useful understanding of entailment.

When: Thu 14 Mar 2019 15:00 – 16:30 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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