• Rachel Szekely
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition book series (PSPLC)


Strawson’s “descriptive metaphysics” posits a conceptual spatiotemporal framework that organizes entities relative to us. This framework provides a basis for his attempt to probe the origins of our reference to particulars. Following him, I take feature-placing to rely on such a framework, in which location plays a crucial role for the introduction of entities. I have not, therefore, introduced an existential quantifier or an existence predicate into the meaning of the there-sentence—because the introduction of an entity is secured via the entailments from features at locations to entities that have the feature at the location. I take the case of ontologically dependent entities to be particularly important evidence in favor of this entailment: even expressions picking out entities that “exist” only insofar as they stand in a (locative) relation with another entity are licensed in the postverbal position.


Crucial Role Important Evidence Sentence Type Existential Quantifier Poral Framework 
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  • Rachel Szekely
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  1. 1.Long Island UniversityUSA

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