Situations and Individuals: Volume 41 - Current Studies in Linguistics (Paperback)
  • Situations and Individuals: Volume 41 - Current Studies in Linguistics (Paperback)
zoom

Situations and Individuals: Volume 41 - Current Studies in Linguistics (Paperback)

(author)
£6.99
Paperback 280 Pages / Published: 07/10/2005
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
In Situations and Individuals, Paul Elbourne argues that the natural language expressions that have been taken to refer to individuals-pronouns, proper names, and definite descriptions-have a common syntax and semantics, roughly that of definite descriptions as construed in the tradition of Frege. In the course of his argument, Elbourne shows that proper names have previously undetected donkey anaphoric readings.This is contrary to previous theorizing and, if true, would undermine what philosophers call the direct reference theory (which holds that the sole contribution of a proper name to the truth conditions of a sentence is an individual) as well as the related doctrine that proper names are rigid designators. Elbourne begins by addressing donkey anaphora, relating other concerns about pronouns to the solution of this notorious problem. His subsequent argumentation provides a unified semantics for the donkey anaphoric and bound and referential uses of pronouns and discusses the prospect of unifying the syntax and semantics of pronouns with the syntax and semantics of normal definite descriptions. Elbourne's aim is not only to advance his proposal of a unified syntax and semantics but also to urge linguists and philosophers dealing with pronoun interpretation to consider a wider range of theories than they do at present, and to test the competing claims of description-based theories and dynamic semantics against the data.

Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780262550611
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm

You may also be interested in...

Through the Language Glass
Added to basket
The Will to Power
Added to basket
Lost in Translation
Added to basket
Let's Sign Pocket Dictionary
Added to basket
Confabulations
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.49
Paperback
Thank You for Arguing
Added to basket
How to Argue with a Cat
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
An Unkindness of Ravens
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Hardback
The Wee Book a Glesca Banter
Added to basket
Think Again
Added to basket
You Say Potato
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The New Penguin Russian Course
Added to basket
The Language Instinct
Added to basket
The Etymologicon
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Adventure Of English
Added to basket
Sounds Appealing
Added to basket
£12.99
Hardback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.