Semantics, Pragmatics and Meaning Revisited

The Case of Conditionals

  • Magdalena Sztencel

Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Magdalena Sztencel
    Pages 1-6
  3. Semantics, Pragmatics and Meaning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Magdalena Sztencel
      Pages 9-30
    3. Magdalena Sztencel
      Pages 75-102
  4. Conditionals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Magdalena Sztencel
      Pages 105-150
    3. Magdalena Sztencel
      Pages 191-195

About this book


This book systematically investigates what follows about meaning in language if current views on the limited, or even redundant, role of linguistic semantics are taken to their radical conclusion. Focusing on conditionals, the book defends a wholly pragmatic, wholly inferential account of meaning – one which foregrounds a reasoning subject’s individual state of mind. The topics discussed in the book include conceptual content, internalism and externalism, the semantics-pragmatics distinction, meaning holism and explicit versus implicit communication. These topics and the author’s analysis of conditionals will allow the reader to engage with some traditional and current research in linguistics, philosophy and psychology.   


The representational hypothesis Multiple-trace theory of memory Localist perspective Chomsky's internalism Redundancy of decoding Holism Metarepresentational uses of conditionals

Authors and affiliations

  • Magdalena Sztencel
    • 1
  1. 1.York St John UniversityYorkUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-69115-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-69116-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-3807
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-3815
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