Abstract
For many theorists the speaker’s intention plays a fundamental role in interpretation, both in the sense that the speaker’s communicative intention settles the meaning of her utterance and in the sense that the hearer takes an interest in the speaker’s intention. In this talk I will argue that these assumptions are not supported by the interpretative interaction between the speaker and the hearer. In this practice utterance meaning determination does not occur and even though the hearer often, as it were, tries to find out what the speaker wanted to convey, what she ultimately wants to get at is not an interpretation which corresponds to the speaker’s actual intention, but an interpretation which the speaker will accept.