Linguistic Meaning and Truth Conditions

  • Corinne Iten
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition book series (PSPLC)


It is an intuition shared by many, theorists and ordinary language users alike, that one of the core uses of language is the exchange of information about the world. In linguistics and the philosophy of language this intuition is generally captured by turning to the notions of truth and truth conditions to account for linguistic meaning. As Strawson (1971, p. 178) puts it:

it is a truth implicitly acknowledged by communication-theorists themselves that in almost all the things we should count as sentences there is a substantial central core of meaning which is explicable either in terms of truth-conditions or in terms of some related notion ….


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