A Bundle Theory of Words

Synthese 198 (6):5731–5748 (2021)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
It has been a common assumption that words are substances that instantiate or have properties. In this paper, I question the assumption that our ontology of words requires posting substances by outlining a bundle theory of words, wherein words are bundles of various sorts of properties (such as semantic, phonetic, orthographic, and grammatical properties). I argue that this view can better account for certain phenomena than substance theories, is ontologically more parsimonious, and coheres with claims in linguistics.
Reprint years
2019, 2021
ISBN(s)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
JAMABT
Upload history
Archival date: 2019-10-09
View other versions
Added to PP index
2019-10-08

Total views
177 ( #31,186 of 2,439,366 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
32 ( #22,410 of 2,439,366 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.