science of meaning

the science of meaning

essays on the metatheory of natural language semantics


Oxford University Press, edited by D. Ball and B. Rabern

Semantics is the systematic study of linguistic meaning. The past fifty years have seen an explosion of research into the semantics of natural languages. There are now sophisticated theories of phenomena that were not even known to exist mere decades ago. Much of the early work in natural language semantics was accompanied by extensive reflection on the aims of semantic theory, and the form a theory must take to meet those aims. But this meta-theoretical reflection has not kept pace with recent theoretical innovations. The purpose of our proposed volume is to re-address these questions concerning the foundations of natural language semantics in light of the current state-of-the-art in semantic theorising.

0. Ball and Rabern, "Introduction to the science of meaning"


1. Pauline Jacobson, “What is—or, for that matter, isn’t—‘experimental' semantics?


2. Seth Yalcin, “Semantics as model-based science


3. Derek Ball, “Semantics as measurement


4. Robert Stalnaker, “David Lewis on context


5. François Recanati, “From meaning to content


6. Wolfgang Schwarz, “Semantic possibility


7. Paul Pietroski, “Semantic typology and composition


8. Thomas Ede Zimmermann, “Fregean compositionality


9. Kathrin Glüer, “Interpretation and the interpreter


10. Inés Crespo, Hadil Karawani, and Frank Veltman, “Expressing expectations”


11. Michael Glanzberg, “Lexical meaning, concepts, and the metasemantics of predicates


12. Bryan Pickel, Brian Rabern, and Josh Dever "Reviving the parameter revolution in semantics"


13. Stanley Peters, “Model theory and the semantics of natural languages”


14. Wesley H. Holliday and Thomas F. Icard III, "Axiomatization in the meaning sciences"


15. Barbara Partee, "Changing notions of linguistic competence in the history of formal semantics”