In Ernest LePore (ed.), Truth and Interpretation: Perspectives on the Philosophy of Donald Davidson. Cambridge: Blackwell (). A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs. Donald Davidson. The phenomenon of the malapropism. “A malapropism is an incorrect usage of a word by. Donald Davidson: A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs. Professor JeeLoo Liu. * The goal: ___ I want to know how people who already have a language manage to.

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What two people need, if they are to understand one another through speech, is the ability to converge on passing theories from utterance to utterance.

The conclusion, though, is not, as you claim, that linguistic competence does epitaps play a role in talk exchanges, but rather that conventions are not necessary for linguistic competence for understanding others. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Please, subscribe or login to access full text content. My collection Here are many papers, analyses, and observations both new and old that I’ve created over the years.

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The widespread existence of malapropisms and their kin threatens the distinction, since here the epitapgs meaning seems to take over from the standard meaning” p. A Defense of Derangement. Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Problems with the principles: A Nice Derangement of Epistemes: But P2 is not that controversial, at least within standard linguistics.

Le normal et la pathologique dans la Collection hippocratique. A strategy is very foreign from any standard way of characterizing a language. I have frequently argued that command of such a theory would suffice for interpretation. Email required Address never made public.

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Paul Pietroski – – Canadian Journal of Philosophy 24 1: Karen Green – – Dialectica 55 3: New problem with the principles of first meaning: Added to PP index Total downloads 22, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 33 12, of 2, How can I increase my derangemdnt Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

We should abandon the distinction between first meaning and speaker’s meaning and try something else.

My problem is to describe what is involved in the idea of ‘having a language’ or of being at home with the business of linguistic communication” p. Publications Pages Publications Pages. A Nice Derangment of Epithaphs, W: This article has no associated abstract. Find it on Scholar.


We must give up the idea of a clearly defined shared structure which language-users acquire and then apply to cases.

For the hearer, the passing theory is how the interpreter actually interprets an utterance p.

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If so-called linguistic competence nie to play a role in talk exchanges then: First meanings are governed by learned conventions or regularities. At any time during a speech transaction, an interpreter has a prior theory of interpretation.

All the things I assume an interpreter knows or can do depend on his [sic] having a mature set of concepts, and being at home with the business of linguistic communication. Your own warm and friendly key points indicates a lot to me and extremely more to my derangemfnt.