Communicating by doing something else

In Tamara Dobler & John Collins (eds.), The Philosophy of Charles Travis. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 135-154 (2018)
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It's sometimes thought that context-invariant linguistic meaning must be a character (a function from context types to contents) i.e. that linguistic meaning must determine how the content of an expression is fixed in context. This is thought because if context-invariant linguistic meaning were not a character then communication would not be possible. In this paper, I explain how communication could proceed even if context-invariant linguistic meaning were not a character.
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