Formal semantics and functional semantics

Peter Widell, Peter Harder

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The article represents an attempt to clarify relations between two
rather different approaches to the description of linguistic meaning: truth-
conditional semantics (as represented by Peter Widell) and functional
semantics (as represented by Peter Harder). The two approaches are
anchored in different traditions, are based on different theoretical premises,
and have different objectives. Truth-conditional semantics is based on
a philosophical tradition with strong relations to logic, while functional
semantics is based on a linguistic tradition with borrowings from
evolutionary biology (and also from speech acts philosophy). We argue that
an integrated picture that accommodates both approaches can be achieved
by a mutual recognition of the different aims as well as of a central area in
which the different aims give rise to compatible insights about linguistic
TitelThe sign of the V : papers in the honour of Sten Vikner
RedaktørerKen Ramshøj Christensen, Henrik Jørgensen, Johanna L. Wood
ForlagAU Library Scholarly Publishing Services
Publikationsdatodec. 2019
ISBN (Trykt)978-87-91134-05-0
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-87-7507-461-7
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2019


  • formel semantik
  • funktionel semantik