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Single Idea 18036

[catalogued under 19. Language / F. Communication / 5. Pragmatics / a. Contextual meaning]

Full Idea

'That is red' in a context where the demonstrative fails to refer is truth-valueless, despite being meaningful, as is 'the queen of France in 2010 is bald'. ...The claim that some sentences are meaningful but truth-valueless is, then, widely accepted.

Gist of Idea

A sentence can be meaningful, and yet lack a truth value


Ofra Magidor (Category Mistakes [2013], 4.1)

Book Reference

Magidor,Ofra: 'Category Mistakes' [OUP 2013], p.81

A Reaction

The lack of truth value is usually because of reference failure. It is best to say the words are meaningful, but no proposition is expressed.