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.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge Handbook of Semantics|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon Oxon UK|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|