Communication and indifference

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The propositional view of communication states that every literal assertoric utterance of an indicative sentence expresses a proposition, and the audience understands those utterances only if she entertains the proposition(s) the speaker expressed. According to an important objection due to Ray Buchanan, the propositional view is ill-equipped to handle meaning underdeterminacy. Using resources from situation semantics and MacFarlane's nonindexical contextualism, this article develops a view of literal communication close to the propositional view which overcomes Buchanan's underdeterminacy considerations while accounting for the kind of indifference that typically characterizes speakers' intentions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-107
Number of pages27
JournalMind and Language
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • communication
  • nonindexical contextualism
  • situation semantics
  • underdeterminacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics and Language


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