Meaning without Gricean Intentions

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Abstract

Gricean theories analyse meaning in terms of certain complex intentions on the part of the speaker—the intention to produce an effect on the addressee, and the intention to have that intention recognized by the addressee. By drawing an analogy with cases widely discussed in action theory, we propose a novel counterexample where the speaker lacks these intentions, but nonetheless means something, and successfully performs a speech act.

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Carlotta Pavese
Cornell University
Alex Radulescu
University of Missouri, Columbia

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