Semantics aims to describe the significance (or meaning) of linguistic expressions in a systematic way. Metasemantics, or foundational semantics, asks how expressions gain their significance in the first place - what makes it the case that expressions mean what they do. Metasemantics has recently been discussed extensively by philosophers of language, philosophers of mind, and philosophically minded linguists and psychologists. Semantics, Metasemantics,
Aboutness is the first book-length treatment of metasemantics and its relation to the thriving research program of truth-conditional semantics.