In the philosophy of language and metaphysics, metasemantics is the study of the foundations of natural language semantics (the philosophical study of meaning).[1][2][3] Metasemantics searches for "the proper understanding of compositionality, the object of truth-conditional analysis, metaphysics of reference, as well as, and most importantly, the scope of semantic theory itself"[4] and asks "how it is that expressions become endowed with their semantic significance".[5]

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  1. ^ Alexis Burgess, Brett Sherman (eds.), Metasemantics: New Essays on the Foundations of Meaning, Oxford University Press, 2014, p. 29 n. 13.
  2. ^ "Review of Metasemantics: New Essays on the Foundations of Meaning". Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
  3. ^ Stainton, Robert J. Philosophical Perspectives on Language. Peterborough, Ont., Broadview Press, 1996, p. 36.
  4. ^ Kasia M. Jaszczolt, Meaning in Linguistic Interaction: Semantics, Metasemantics, Philosophy of Language, Oxford University Press, 2016, p. viii.
  5. ^ Ori Simchen, Semantics, Metasemantics, Aboutness, Oxford University Press, 2017, p. xiii.