This paper is about the relationship between two questions: the question of what the objects of assertion are and the question of how best to theorise about ‘shifty’ phenomena like modality and tense. I argue that the relationship between these two questions is less direct than is often supposed. I then explore the consequences of this for a number of debates in the philosophy of language.
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Ninan, D. Semantics and the objects of assertion. Linguist and Philos 33, 355–380 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10988-011-9084-7
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