Research Article

Linguistics and Philosophy

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 57-99

First online:

Complex demonstratives and their singular contents

  • David BraunAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, University of Rochester Email author 

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Abstract

This paper presents a semantic and pragmatic theory of complex demonstratives. According to this theory, the semantic content of a complex demonstrative, in a context, is simply an object, and the semantic content of a sentence that contains a complex demonstrative, in a context, is a singular proposition. This theory is defended from various objections to direct reference theories of complex demonstratives, including King's objection from quantification into complex demonstratives.

Keywords

Demonstratives Complex demonstratives Singular terms Direct reference Singular propositions Singular thoughts Singular beliefs Quantification Quantification in Quantifier phrases