Truth without Predication

The Role of Placing in the Existential There-Sentence

  • Rachel Szekely

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 148-169

About this book


This book contains an original analysis of the existential there-sentence from a philosophical-linguistic perspective. At its core is the claim that there-sentences' form is distinct from that of ordinary subject–predicate sentences, and that this fundamental difference explains the construction's unusual grammatical and discourse properties.


There-sentences existential sentences Subject predicate subjectless sentences Thetic sentence thetic judgment Speech acts speech acts truth Definiteness restriction definiteness effects Stage-level individual level distinction predicate restriction Context context sensitivity Expletive there Strong-weak distinction strong quantifiers discourse Negation subject Verb

Authors and affiliations

  • Rachel Szekely
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  1. 1.Long Island UniversityUSA

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