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AuthorRoss, Jeff. author
TitleThe Semantics of Media [electronic resource] / by Jeff Ross
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1997
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Descript VII, 141 p. online resource


Media are objects with content and character that we describe using in- phrases: in the story, in the picture, in the movie, in the dream... Like the propositional attitudes, these objects present a variety of hard problems for semantic and philosophical analysis. The Semantics of Media is an organized exploration of fundamental questions in the semantics of media. The first three chapters set out a straightforward model within the possible-worlds framework, and consider how it might account for a range of notions applying to media generally: implicit vs. explicit content, propositional vs. individual content, causal vs. intentional content and the idea of a single World of the Medium. The final three chapters examine ways of elaborating the model to cover a range of phenomena keyed to the functionality of particular forms of media. Chapter Four is a discussion of fiction and our apparent reference to fictional characters. Chapter Five deals with the phenomenon of viewpoint in pictorial media. Chapter Six is a study of interactions between users and characters of media centering on the puzzling case of seeing in films. The Semantics of Media will be of interest to specialists in the fields of linguistics, philosophy and communications


1. Media -- 1. Language and the Study of Content -- 2. The Notion of Media -- 3. Media and Attitudes -- 4. The Mechanics of Media -- 2. Basic Propositional Content -- 1. Possible-Worlds Semantics -- 2. Modality -- 3. Counterfactuals -- 4. Media -- 5. The Language L -- 6. The Semantics of Media Terms -- 7. Validity in L -- 8. Summary โ{128}{148} The Intensional Package -- 3. Reflections on Content -- 1. Explicit and Implicit Content -- 2. Appearance and Existence -- 3. โ{128}{152}The World of the Mediumโ{128}{153} -- 4. With Reference to Characters -- 1. The Particularity Problem -- 2. Character-Sentences -- 3. The Problem of Accidental Reference -- 5. The Semantics of Viewpoint -- 1. Viewpoint -- 2. Categorial Semantics -- 3. Property Semantics -- 4. Viewpoint and the Viewer -- 6. The Semantics of Interaction -- 1. The Problem of Interactions -- 2. Seeing -- 3. Seeing in Films I โ{128}{148} The Causal Account -- 4. Content and Causation -- 5. Seeing in Films II โ{128}{148} The Intensional Account -- 6. The Intensional Account Probed -- 7. Contexts as Media -- Notes -- References

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