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From code to speaker meaning

Sterelny, Kim

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This paper has two aims. One is to defend an incrementalist view of the evolution of language, not from those who think that syntax could not evolve incrementally, but from those who defend a fundamental distinction between Gricean communication or ostensive inferential communication (Scott-Phillips, Sperber, Tomasello, originally based on Grice) and code-based communication. The paper argues against this dichotomy, and sketches ways in which a code-based system could evolve into Gricean...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSterelny, Kim
dc.date.accessioned2019-04-14T11:59:02Z
dc.identifier.issn0169-3867
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/159627
dc.description.abstractThis paper has two aims. One is to defend an incrementalist view of the evolution of language, not from those who think that syntax could not evolve incrementally, but from those who defend a fundamental distinction between Gricean communication or ostensive inferential communication (Scott-Phillips, Sperber, Tomasello, originally based on Grice) and code-based communication. The paper argues against this dichotomy, and sketches ways in which a code-based system could evolve into Gricean communication. The second is to assess the merits of the Sender–Receiver Framework, originally formulated by David Lewis, and much elaborated and set into an evolutionary context by Brian Skyrms and colleagues, as a framework for thinking about the evolution of language. Despite the great strengths of that framework, and despite the great value of a framework that is both general and formally tractable, I argue that there are critical features of language that it fails to capture
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherKluwer Academic Publishers
dc.sourceBiology and Philosophy
dc.titleFrom code to speaker meaning
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume32
dc.date.issued2017
local.identifier.absfor220319 - Social Philosophy
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4351680xPUB382
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSterelny, Kim, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2040-01-01
local.bibliographicCitation.issue6
local.identifier.doi10.1007/s10539-017-9597-8
local.identifier.absseo970122 - Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
dc.date.updated2019-03-12T07:27:24Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85031778455
dc.provenanceJournal: Biology and Philosophy (ISSN: 0169-3867, ESSN: 1572-8404) RoMEO: This is a RoMEO green journal Paid OA: A paid open access option is available for this journal. Author's Pre-print: green tick author can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing) Author's Post-print: green tick author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) Publisher's Version/PDF: cross author cannot archive publisher's version/PDF
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