In this chapter, we discuss the notions of descriptive and interpretive representation
and the relations between them; we reject the idea the interpretive representation
is based on strict identity of propositional content; we show how an utterance
may be used to represent a thought that merely resembles it in propositional content,
and a thought may be used to represent another similar thought; we will illustrate
the advantages of this approach by applying it to three traditional semantic and
pragmatic problems the analyses of metaphor, irony, and interrogative utterances.
Maintained by Francis F. Steen, Communication Studies, University of California Los Angeles