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Discourse and Method: Why Appeals to Context Won't Go Away
Department of Philosophy, University College London, London, UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5141-3134
King's College London.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2181-5423
2020 (English)In: Linguistics and Philosophy, ISSN 0165-0157, E-ISSN 1573-0549, Vol. 43, no 2, p. 119-138Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Stojnic ́ et al. (Philos Perspect 27(1):502–525, 2013; Linguist Philos 40(5):519–547, 2017) argue that the reference of demonstratives is fixed without any contribution from the extra-linguistic context. On their ‘prominence/coherence’ theory, the reference of a demonstrative expression depends only on its context-independent linguistic meaning. Here, we argue that Stojnic ́ et al.’s striking claims can be maintained in only the thinnest technical sense. Instead of eliminating appeals to the extra-linguistic context, we show how the prominence/coherence theory merely suppresses them. Then we ask why one might be tempted to try and offer such a view. Since we are rather sympathetic to the motivations we find, we close by sketching a more plausible alternative.

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Springer, 2020. Vol. 43, no 2, p. 119-138
Keywords [en]
demonstratives, context-sensitivity, salience, prominence/coherence
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Humanities and the Arts
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Theoretical Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-176033DOI: 10.1007/s10988-019-09266-7ISI: 000520437400001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-176033DiVA, id: diva2:1477241
Available from: 2020-10-17 Created: 2020-10-17 Last updated: 2020-10-20Bibliographically approved

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