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On the Representation of Context

Robert C. Stalnaker

in Context and Content

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780198237075
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598456 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198237073.003.0006

Series: Oxford Cognitive Science Series

On the Representation of Context

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A discourse context is identified with the set of possible worlds that represents the shared information that is available to the participants in the discourse for the interpretation of speech acts. Two ways in which a speech act changes the context are distinguished. The notion of accommodation is examined, and a problem about this representation of context, raised by Hans Kamp, is addressed. The apparatus developed is applied to some problems about indefinite reference and anaphoric pronouns.

Keywords: accommodation; anaphoric pronoun; discourse context; indefinite reference; possible world; speech act

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Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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