Linguistics and Philosophy

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 185–206

Situations as indices and as denotations

Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10988-009-9058-1

Cite this article as:
Fernando, T. Linguist and Philos (2009) 32: 185. doi:10.1007/s10988-009-9058-1


A distinction is drawn between situations as indices required for semantically evaluating sentences and situations as denotations resulting from such evaluation. For atomic sentences, possible worlds may serve as indices, and events as denotations. The distinction is extended beyond atomic sentences according to formulae-as-types and applied to implicit quantifier domain restrictions, intensionality and conditionals.


SituationsPossible worldsEventsTypesIntensionality

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Trinity CollegeDublin 2Ireland