This question arises with regard to the maxim "words don't have meaning, only authors have meaning." With regard to signification, is meaning intrinsic to words, imbued by the author, or originating yet elsewhere?

Related: What is meant by the maxim, "Context is King"?

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    What do you mean by "mean"? – user6726 Jul 31 at 23:15
  • Hi @user6726. Usage 1a of this dictionary: merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mean As well as usage 1b and 2. – Ruminator Jul 31 at 23:33
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    That's not the how the word is used in linguistics or philosophy, in fact that particular usage is incoherent (it's not a single sense given their examples, it's two or three), which is why the question is confusing. Sense 2 is closer to what linguists and philosophers mean. – user6726 Jul 31 at 23:39
  • I can see that, thanks. So, meaning 2 then. – Ruminator Jul 31 at 23:41