Thursday, June 19, 2014

Anna Drozdzowicz – 2014/06/20

Date: 20th of June
Time: 11:30 am
Place: Conference room, Pavillon Jardin - 29, rue d'Ulm - 75 005 Paris
Speaker: Anna Drozdzowicz (Univ. of Oslo)
Title: The nature of linguistic intuitions about utterance content
Abstract: The talk provides a theoretical framework for one type of linguistic intuitions – intuitions (and judgements) about whether certain linguistic expression could be used or is used to mean such-and-such, which I call here judgments about utterance content. Such judgements are specially relevant to many debates in philosophy of language and linguistics, as they constitute a potentially important source of evidence for speaker meaning. The strategy is not an innocent one (Bach, 2002) and the reliability of such reflective judgements cannot be taken as a brute fact (Higginbotham, 2000). I provide an account of basic features and the scope of judgements about utterance content. I argue that they do not provide evidence about literal meaning and that they cover both strongly and weakly communicated content (contra Azzouni, 2013). For the rest part of my talk I discuss the question of what might be a plausible mechanism responsible for delivery of judgements about utterance content. I finish with raising several issues concerning their utility for different research programmes at the semantics/ pragmatics interface.