Tropes, Intensional Relative Clauses, and the Notion of a Variable Object

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NPs with intensional relative clauses such as the impact of the book John needs to write pose a significant challenge for trope theory (the theory of particularized properties), since they seem to refer to tropes that lack an actual bearer. I will propose a novel semantic analysis of such NPs on the basis of the notion of a variable object. This analysis avoids a range of difficulties that an alternative analysis based on the notion of an individual concept would face.


tropes intensional verbs individual concepts relative clauses situations 


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  1. 1.IHPST (Paris 1/ENS/CNRS)France

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