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The yummy and the yucky: Expressive language and the agreeable

Zangwill, Nick


Nick Zangwill


I probe the judgments of the agreeable that we make about food and drink. I ?rst separate different concerns that we might have with food and drink. After that, I address expressive language by ?rst sketching an evolutionary language-game-theoretic approach for referential language. I then try to extend it to expressive language, showing how expressive signaling might be likely to evolve. Given an account of expressive prediction, and its point, I turn to the Frege-Geach problem for the agreeable. I show how a proper understanding of what expression is, in the evolutionary language-game-theoretic framework, allows us to side-step a central aspect the problem.


Zangwill, N. (2018). The yummy and the yucky: Expressive language and the agreeable. The Monist, 101(3), 294–308.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 22, 2017
Online Publication Date Jun 8, 2018
Publication Date 2018-07
Deposit Date Jan 24, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Print ISSN 0026-9662
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 101
Issue 3
Pages 294–308
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