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By Charles Travis

Charles Travis offers a sequence of essays within which he has built his detailed view of the relation of proposal to language. the major thought is "occasion-sensitivity": what it really is for phrases to precise a given notion is for them to be apt for contributing to any of many various stipulations of correctness (notably fact conditions). on account that phrases suggest what they do by way of expressing a given idea, it follows that which means doesn't be sure fact stipulations. This view ties innovations much less tightly to the linguistic kinds which show them than conventional perspectives of the problem, and in instructions: a given linguistic shape, that means fastened, could convey an indefinite number of techniques; one suggestion will be expressed in an indefinite variety of syntactically and semantically designated methods. Travis highlights the significance of this view for linguistic concept, and indicates the way it supplies new shape to various conventional philosophical problems.

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