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In Philosophical Studies 112: 251-278, 2003. ( Kluwer Academic Publishers) Presupposition and Accommodation: Understanding the
 

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In Philosophical Studies 112: 251-278, 2003. ( Kluwer Academic Publishers)
Presupposition and Accommodation: Understanding the
Stalnakerian picture*
Mandy Simons
Abstract
This paper offers a critical analysis of Stalnaker's work on presupposition
(Stalnaker 1973, 1974, 1979, 1999 and forthcoming). The paper examines
two definitions of speaker presupposition offered by Stalnaker--the
familiar common ground view, and the earlier, less familiar, dispositional
account--and how Stalnaker relates this notion to the linguistic
phenomenon of presupposition. Special attention is paid to Stalnaker's
view of accommodation. I argue that given Stalnaker's views,
accommodation is not rightly seen as driven by the presuppositional
requirements of utterances, but only by the interests of speakers in
eliminating perceived differences among presuppositions. I also consider
the revisions which are needed either to the definition of speaker
presupposition or to the definition of sentence presupposition in light of the
possibility of informative presupposition. In the concluding section, I
discuss the ways in which some recent accounts of context and speaker

  

Source: Andrews, Peter B. - Department of Mathematical Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

 

Collections: Mathematics