The Game of Language

Studies in Game-Theoretical Semantics and Its Applications

  • Jaakko Hintikka

Part of the Synthese Language Library book series (SLAP, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Jaakko Hintikka
    Pages 33-46
  3. Jaakko Hintikka, Jack Kulas
    Pages 47-76
  4. Jaakko Hintikka, Jack Kulas
    Pages 77-111
  5. Jaakko Hintikka
    Pages 113-136
  6. Jaakko Hintikka, Jack Kulas
    Pages 137-160
  7. Jaakko Hintikka
    Pages 201-229
  8. Jaakko Hintikka
    Pages 259-292
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 293-343

About this book


Since the first chapter of this book presents an intro­ duction to the present state of game-theoretical semantics (GTS), there is no point in giving a briefer survey here. Instead, it may be helpful to indicate what this volume attempts to do. The first chapter gives a short intro­ duction to GTS and a survey of what is has accomplished. Chapter 2 puts the enterprise of GTS into new philo­ sophical perspective by relating its basic ideas to Kant's phi losophy of mathematics, space, and time. Chapters 3-6 are samples of GTS's accomplishments in understanding different kinds of semantical phenomena, mostly in natural languages. Beyond presenting results, some of these chapters also have other aims. Chapter 3 relates GTS to an interesting line of logical and foundational studies - the so-called functional interpretations - while chapter 4 leads to certain important methodological theses. Chapter 7 marks an application of GTS in a more philo­ sophical direction by criticizing the Frege-Russell thesis that words like "is" are multiply ambiguous. This leads in turn to a criticism of recent logical languages (logical notation), which since Frege have been based on the ambi­ guity thesis, and also to certain methodological sug­ gestions. In chapter 8, GTS is shown to have important implications for our understanding of Aristotle's doctrine of categories, while chapter 9 continues my earlier criticism of Chomsky's generative approach to linguistic theorizing.


discourse interpret linguistics methodology oral discourse semantic semantics subject truth

Authors and affiliations

  • Jaakko Hintikka
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-1950-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-9847-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4662
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