Topic: HUMAN SEMANTICS
A Metasemantic Account of Vagueness
By Agustin Rayo
I argue for an account of vagueness according to which the root of vagueness lies not in the type of semantic-value that is best associated with an expression, but in the type of linguistic practice that renders the expression meaningful. I suggest, in particular, that conventions about how to use sentences involving attributions of vague predicates to borderline cases prevail to a lesser degree than conventions about how to use sentences involving attributions of vague predicates to clear cases.
Posted by Tony Marmo at 16:59 BST