Nip and tuck for definite description
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⌜the Φ⌝ refers to that which any Φ is part of and is the least such.
⌜the Φ⌝ refers to that which any Φ overlaps and is the least such.
⌜the Φ⌝ refers to the least Φ that overlap Φ anywhere there is Φ.
KeywordsGeneral theory of definite description Plural and mass reference Syntax of definite descriptions in natural language
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Many thanks for critical discussion to Elena Herburger, Yael Sharvit and Anna Szabolcsi, to the Semantics Reading Group, Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science, 18 April 2017, to Michael Glanzberg, and to three anonymous reviewers.
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