Some Limitations to the Psychological Orientation in Semantic Theory

Author: Thomason, Richmond

Source: Journal of Philosophical Logic, Volume 40, Number 1, February 2011 , pp. 1-14(14)

Publisher: Springer

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The psychological orientation treats semantics as a matter of idealized computation over symbolic structures, and semantic relations like denotation as relations between linguistic expressions and these structures. I argue that results similar to Gödel’s incompleteness theorems and Tarski’s theorem on truth create foundational difficulties for this view of semantics.

Keywords: Competence; Diagonalization; Montague; Semantics

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Philosophy Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1003, USA, Email:

Publication date: February 1, 2011

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