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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|
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|Keywords:||semantic opacity; semantic pragmatic interface; speaker reference, semantic reference|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Arts > Philosophy
|Depositing User:||Alexander Barber|
|Date Deposited:||14 Jul 2011 08:49|
|Last Modified:||23 Feb 2016 20:58|
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