Lexical Meaning in Truth-Conditional Semantics

Luca Gasparri

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Luca Gasparri, PhD
Center for Neurocognition and Theoretical Syntax
Institute for Advanced Study
Palazzo del Broletto, Piazza della Vittoria 15
27100 Pavia, Italy
e-mail: lcgasparri@gmail.com


The paper offers a critical review of the role played by lexical meaning in the earlier stages of philosophical semantics and truth-conditional semantics. I shall address, both historically and theoretically, the relative neglect of lexical semantics within these fields, and argue that the approach to word meaning fostered in extensional frameworks is overall inconsistent with the customary assumption that truth-theoretic semantics can be considered a semantic theory proprio sensu.

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