Imagination and Convention: Distinguishing Grammar and Inference in Language

2015.08.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ernie Lepore and Matthew Stone, Imagination and Convention: Distinguishing Grammar and Inference in Language, Oxford University
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2015.08.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ernie Lepore and Matthew Stone, Imagination and Convention: Distinguishing Grammar and Inference in Language, Oxford University Press, 2015, 292pp., $49.50 (hbk), ISBN 9780198717188. Reviewed by Lenny Clapp, Northern Illinois University The fundamental issue addressed by Ernie Lepore and Matthew Stone in this book concerns the division of labor between two modes of communication: that which relies on conventional meaning and that which relies only on general pragmatic reasoning. In order to get a feel for the contrast, let's consider the game of charades. Some things competent charades players do exploit established conventions. For example, when I touch four extended fingers to my forearm, that action means that the word I want you to guess has four syllables. Because my action's having such a meaning is matter of convention, it means what it does regardless of my intentions in performing it. In contrast,. . .

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