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THE : Context Sensitivity

Thomas J. McKay

in Plural Predication

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199278145
eISBN:
9780191707971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278145.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter considers the significance of the context sensitivity of definite descriptions (singular and plural) and suggests some ways of understanding it. It argues that many uses of definite ... More


From the specific to the singular

John Hawthorne and David Manley

in The Reference Book

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199693672
eISBN:
9780191739002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693672.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

Chapters 6–6 look at various noun phrases in natural language, asking whether there is an interesting referential/non-referential distinction among them. This investigation begins in 4 with the ... More


Weather Reports

François Recanati

in Truth-Conditional Pragmatics

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199226993
eISBN:
9780191710223
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226993.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, General

This chapter criticizes the view that weather verbs such as ‘rain’ carry an argument slot for a location. It argues that the tacit reference to a location which is typical of sentences like: ‘It is ... More


Knowledge Ascriptions and Context‐Sensitivity

Jason Stanley

in Knowledge and Practical Interests

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780199288038
eISBN:
9780191603679
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199288038.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter considers a range of context-dependent constructions, and concludes that there are sufficiently significant disanalogies between all of them and the behavior of epistemic predicates such ... More


The Reference Book

John Hawthorne and David Manley

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199693672
eISBN:
9780191739002
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693672.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

This book critically examines some widespread views about the semantic phenomenon of reference and the cognitive phenomenon of singular thought. It begins by denying that either is tied to a special ... More


Knowledge‐wh

Jason Stanley

in Know How

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199695362
eISBN:
9780191729768
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695362.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Language

Knowing how to do something is, like knowing whether or not to do something, knowing who came to the party knowing when the party is, a kind of knowing-wh. This chapter provides an introduction to ... More


Restrictionism and Expansionism

J. P. Studd

in Everything, more or less: A defence of generality relativism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780198719649
eISBN:
9780191788734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198719649.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

If her view is to diffuse charges of mystical censorship, the relativist needs a well-motivated account of what prevents our quantifying over an absolutely comprehensive domain. But relativists may ... More


Does Quantification Involve Identity ?

Michael Dummett

in The Seas of Language

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198236214
eISBN:
9780191597350
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198236212.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Geach defended the thesis of relative identity according to which, for any theory there is an extension, in whose language the meaning of the identity sign does not coincide with the meaning of the ... More


Strategies of Quantification in St'át'imcets and the Rest of the World

Lisa Matthewson

in Strategies of Quantification

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199692439
eISBN:
9780191744891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692439.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

Generalized Quantifier theory enables a compositional derivation of the meanings of quantified noun phrases. A semantic ‘determiner’ (instantiated in English, for example, by every or most) denotes a ... More


Investigating D in Languages With and Without Articles

Carrie Gillon

in Methodologies in Semantic Fieldwork

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780190212339
eISBN:
9780190212353
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212339.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter discusses the semantics of articles cross-linguistically, as well as the semantics of bare nouns in languages without overt articles. The chapter shows how to uncover the semantics of ... More


Implicit Domain Restriction

Wylie Breckenridge

in Visual Experience: A Semantic Approach

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780199600465
eISBN:
9780191841835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199600465.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

According to the proposal made in Chapter 4, we use ‘grey’ in ‘The patch looks grey to you’ to refer to a way of looking by quantifying over events. When we quantify it is very common for us to ... More


Quantificational Weather Reports

John Collins

in Linguistic Pragmatism and Weather Reporting

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780198851134
eISBN:
9780191885877
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198851134.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

A major strand to the ‘standard view’ is that meteorological predicates must contain a locative position because we can quantify into it. If there were no such position, then the quantifications ... More


Indexicality, Binding, Anaphora, and a priori Truth

Herman Cappelen and Ernie Lepore

in Liberating Content

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199641338
eISBN:
9780191813498
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641338.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

An indexical is an expression whose meaning stays constant across contexts while its reference shifts. This chapter confronts the claim that many constructions of natural language contain ‘hidden’ ... More


The Grammar of Prominence

Una Stojnić

in Context and Coherence: The Logic and Grammar of Prominence

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780198865469
eISBN:
9780191897825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198865469.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter draws theoretical conclusions and outlines directions for future developments. It summarizes the key theoretical and philosophical upshots of the account developed in the book and ... More


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