On Some Issues in the Science of Semantics

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 729–730. Reviews the book, Semantic Theory by Ruth M. Kempson (1977). The author describes her book, Semantic Theory, as an introduction to the procedure of argumentation in semantics rather than as a comprehensive survey of the various tendencies within the field. Thus, the book aims to be at once both an issue-oriented introduction and an exercise in theory construction within the scientific methodology of Karl Popper. Accepting these as the goals of a book addressed primarily to those who know little of philosophy or linguistics, we may ask to what extent the issues covered are correctly and fairly drawn and what contributions to the construction of an empirical semantic theory the philosophy of science which she adopts allows her to make. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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