A history of semantics

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Abstract

It is generally accepted today that language expressions have meaning by convention, but this invites the question: How does the convention get established? The most acceptable explanation is the Kripke (1972) notion of ‘baptism’, i.e. the initiation of a name-using practice, which is a variation on a long-established view that a history of conventional usage characterizes the vocabulary in the language and allows successive generations to communicate easily.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Semantics
EditorsNick Riemer
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter3
Pages48-68
Number of pages21
Edition1st
ISBN (Print)9780415661737
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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