Demonstratives without rigidity or ambiguity (penultimate draft)

Abstract

Most philosophers recognize that applying the standard semantics for complex demonstratives to non-deictic instances results in truth conditions that are anomalous, at best. This fact has generated little concern, however, since most philosophers treat non-deictic demonstratives as marginal cases, and believe that they should be analyzed using a distinct semantic mechanism. In this paper, I argue that non-deictic demonstratives cannot be written off; they are widespread in English and foreign languages, and must be treated using the same semantic machinery that is applied to deictic instances.

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Nowak, E. Demonstratives without rigidity or ambiguity (penultimate draft). Linguist and Philos 37, 409–436 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10988-014-9159-3

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Keywords

  • Demonstratives
  • Complex demonstratives
  • Semantics
  • Direct Reference
  • Rigidity
  • Pronouns