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Department of Philosophy, King's College London, London, UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5141-3134
2020 (English)In: Mind and language, ISSN 0268-1064, E-ISSN 1468-0017Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Recently, philosophers have offered compelling reasons to think that demonstratives are best represented as variables, sensitive not to the context of utterance, but to a variable assignment. Variablists typically explain familiar intuitions about demonstratives—intuitions that suggest that what is said by way of a demonstrative sentence varies systematically over contexts—by claiming that contexts initialize a particular assignment of values to variables. I argue that we do not need to link context and the assignment parameter in this way, and that we would do better not to.

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2020.
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demonstratives, semantics, metasemantics, context sensitivity, reference, variablism, variables and assignments
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Humanities and the Arts
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Theoretical Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-175754DOI: 10.1111/mila.12273ISI: 000510462700001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-175754DiVA, id: diva2:1474237
Available from: 2020-10-08 Created: 2020-10-08 Last updated: 2020-10-08Bibliographically approved

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