Journal of Logic, Language and Information

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 141-168

Intensionality and context change

Towards a dynamic theory of propositions and properties
  • Gennaro ChierchiaAffiliated withCornell UniversityUniversity of Milan

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It is arguably desirable to have a theory of meaning that (i) does not identify propositions with sets of worlds, (ii) enables to capture the dynamic character of semantic interpretation and (iii) provides the basis for a semantic program that incorporates and extends the achievements of Montague semantics. A theory of properties and propositions that meets these desiderata is developed and several applications to the semantic analysis of natural languages are explored.

Key words

properties propositions dynamic semantics Montague semantics possible worlds characters λ-calculus Scott Domains Frege Structures