(2011). What refers? How?
In: Turner, Ken ed.
Making Semantics Pragmatic.
Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface (24).
Bingley: Emerald, pp. 49–80.
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“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” This National Rifle Association slogan has a popular analogue in the philosophy of language: words don’t refer to things, people refer to things. This paper looks at how the question of what refers (Words/concepts? People? Both? Neither?) intersects with the phenomenon of opacity. The discussion is used to motivate an important revision to standard intention-based accounts of speaker reference, one that takes due account of the fact that distinct words can have the same referent.
||2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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||semantic opacity; semantic pragmatic interface; speaker reference, semantic reference
||Arts > Philosophy
||14 Jul 2011 08:49
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