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[catalogued under 19. Language / F. Communication / 5. Pragmatics / a. Contextual meaning]

Full Idea

The Naive Conception of Communication rests on the idea that communication is the replication of thoughts: the thought the hearer entertains when he understands what the speaker is saying is the very thought which the speaker expressed.

Gist of Idea

The Naive view of communication is that hearers acquire exactly the thoughts of the speaker


François Recanati (Mental Files in Flux [2016], 7.1)

Book Reference

Recanati,François: 'Mental Files in Flux' [OUP 2016], p.111

A Reaction

It is hard to believe that any modern thinker would believe such a view, given holistic views of language etc.