Demonstratives without rigidity or ambiguity

Linguistics and Philosophy 37 (5):409-436 (2014)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
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
PhilPapers/Archive ID
NOWDWR
Revision history
First archival date: 2015-11-21
Latest version: 2 (2015-11-21)
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Demonstratives: An Essay on the Semantics, Logic, Metaphysics and Epistemology of Demonstratives and Other Indexicals.David Kaplan - 1989 - In Joseph Almog, John Perry & Howard Wettstein (eds.), Themes From Kaplan. Oxford University Press. pp. 481-563.
Semantics in Generative Grammar.Heim, Irene & Kratzer, Angelika
Meaning and Grammar: An Introduction to Semantics.Chierchia, Gennaro & McConnell-Ginet, Sally

View all 24 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Added to PP index
2014-10-12

Total views
122 ( #19,454 of 38,072 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
19 ( #19,082 of 38,072 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.