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Demonstratives without rigidity or ambiguity
Department of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, USA.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5141-3134
2014 (English)In: Linguistics and Philology, ISSN 1011-3261, Vol. 37, no 5, p. 409-436Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Most philosophers recognize that applying the standard semantics for complex demonstratives to non-deictic instances results in truth conditions that are anomalous, at best. This fact has generated little concern, however, since most philosophers treat non-deictic demonstratives as marginal cases, and believe that they should be analyzed using a distinct semantic mechanism. In this paper, I argue that non-deictic demonstratives cannot be written off; they are widespread in English and foreign languages, and must be treated using the same semantic machinery that is applied to deictic instances.

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Springer, 2014. Vol. 37, no 5, p. 409-436
Keywords [en]
demonstratives, rigidity, definite descriptions, ambiguity, context-sensitivity
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Philosophy
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Theoretical Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-176034DOI: 10.1007/s10988-014-9159-3ISI: 000344539900002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84919915103OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-176034DiVA, id: diva2:1477242
Available from: 2020-10-17 Created: 2020-10-17 Last updated: 2021-05-25Bibliographically approved

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