Conceptual Role Semantics

CRS: The functional role of an expression determines its meaning.

  • "Meaning is use."

Functional role = ?

  • Global inferential role: Ann kisses Betty ⇒ Ann likes Betty, Ann touched Betty
  • Analytic inferential role: Ann is a mother ⇒ Ann has children
  • Logical inferential role: Ann is a mother ⇒ Something is a mother


Josep Macia 2005

Result from Boolos shows that 1st order logical inferential role not sufficient for fixing the meaning of 1st order quantifiers and logical connectives; imposes no constraints on the interpretation of predicate expressions.

wide version of CRS immune to objection.