Date of Degree
Philosophy of Language
pragmatics, Grice, interpretation, ostensive-inferential model of communication, Sperber, Wilson
Philosophers in the past have argued that the way the word “interpret” is used within creative fields unhelpfully conflates the notions of deriving and creating content. Arguing against this, I propose that the blurring of these two notions accurately describes how addressees interpret speakers, performers interpret scores, and audiences interpret art and music. Even speakers can be described as creative interpreters in this sense, as articulating a thought into an utterance requires an interpretive effort. I develop the idea that interpreting straddles the divide between deriving and creating content within the framework of the ostensive-inferential communication proposed by Sperber and Wilson (1986/95) in Relevance: Communication and Cognition. I also suggest that Sperber and Wilson’s framework should be modified to recognize both communicative and interpretive intentions. The notion of interpreting that I advocate supports the view of ostensive communication as spanning from regular everyday communication to creative and artistic expression in arts, music, and literature.
Novikova, Svitlana, "Speakers and Addressees as Creative Interpreters" (2023). CUNY Academic Works.