Linguistics and Philosophy

, Volume 33, Issue 5, pp 355–380 | Cite as

Semantics and the objects of assertion

  • Dilip NinanEmail author
Research Article


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.


Kaplan Lewis Content Context Semantics Epistemic modals Relativism Contextualism Temporalism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Arché, University of St AndrewsSt AndrewsScotland, UK

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