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What refers? How?

Barber, Alexander (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.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISBN: 0-85724-909-6, 978-0-85724-909-8
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetAHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)
Keywords: semantic opacity; semantic pragmatic interface; speaker reference, semantic reference
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > Philosophy
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Item ID: 29074
Depositing User: Alexander Barber
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2011 08:49
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2016 20:58
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