The Basics of Denotation


In one of my earlier articles (Koj 1966: 45—64) I presented a hypothesis1 that systems of pure semantics constructed by logicians may be presented as theories explaining fragments of empirical pragmatics, i.e. pragmatics practiced by linguists, psychologists and sociologists. According to this hypothesis, terms of pure semantics can be defined in conditional definitions by using selected adequate pragmatic terms.2 Regardless of these definitions, terms of pure semantics have additional characteristics in semantic axioms. The axioms of pure semantics and the conditional definitions should result in pragmatic theses regarding some of the phenomena discussed in pragmatics.