Reflective, Intentional, and Constructive Theories of Representation
The Reflective theory of representation is that language mirrors true meaning as it exists in the world.
The Intentional theory of representation is that words mean what the author intends them to mean. The Constructive theory of representation is that neither things in themselves nor the individual users of language can fix meaning in language. Instead meanings are contextual - it is the particular symbolic code that fixes a meaning at a particular time. Source: Hall, S. (1997b, pp.24-26) "The Work of Representation"