The ascription of meaning: A Wittgensteinian perspective

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Following Wittgenstein’s concept of meaning-as-use, this essay argues that the ascription of meaning should be based on the satisfaction of contextual criteria. The usefulness of this notion is demonstrated by showing how it can serve as a bridging concept between general rules and situated contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-273
Number of pages13
JournalQuarterly Journal of Speech
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Communication

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