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12 Varieties of semantic evidence

From the book Semantics - Foundations, History and Methods

  • Manfred Krifka


Meanings are the most elusive objects of linguistic research. The article summarizes the type of evidence we have for them: various types of metalinguistic activities like paraphrasing and translating, the ability to name entities and judge sentences true or false, as well as various behavioral and physiological measures such as reaction time studies, eye tracking, and electromagnetic brain potentials. It furthermore discusses the specific type of evidence we have for different kinds of meanings, such as truth-conditional aspects, presuppositions, implicatures, and connotations.

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