UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 14 (2002)

Paul Grice, saying and meaning



The notions of ‘saying’ and ‘what is said’ are fundamental to Paul Grice’s work. This paper argues, however, that the versions of these notions most often attributed to Grice

may not be the ones he intended. To support this claim, I examine the original typescripts of Grice’s William James Lectures, and discuss comparisons made by fellow Gricean researcher—Bob Arundale—between the lectures, original published versions of the lectures and revised versions included in Grice (1989). I also discuss similarities between Grice’s notions and the notion of ‘dictiveness’ introduced by a contemporary of his at Oxford—R. M. Hare.

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