Linguistics and Philosophy

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 57–99

Complex demonstratives and their singular contents

Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10988-008-9032-3

Cite this article as:
Braun, D. Linguist and Philos (2008) 31: 57. doi:10.1007/s10988-008-9032-3


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.


DemonstrativesComplex demonstrativesSingular termsDirect referenceSingular propositionsSingular thoughtsSingular beliefsQuantificationQuantification inQuantifier phrases

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA