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Working paper

Abductive theory of meaning

Shumilina V.
The paper suggests the abductive theory of meaning as a project based on the theory of abduction (Ch. S. Peirce), pragmatics (P. Grice) and normative inferentialism (R. Brandom). The proposed theory addresses the problem of emergence of new meanings, dynamics of meaning, and development of capacity to understand meaning. In place of question of nature of meaning abductive theory of meaning offers the model of meaning transfer with special attention to commitments of speakers and hearers.