Pronouns: anaphora and demonstration

R. M. Sainsbury

in Reference without Referents

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780199241804
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602696 | DOI:
 Pronouns: anaphora and demonstration

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Discusses two main uses of pronouns—anaphoric and demonstrative. These pronouns can belong to an intelligible sentence even if they have no referent, so they vindicate the thesis of RWR. A test for intelligibility is that we can correctly report indirect speech in which such a pronoun is used, replacing the original speaker’s demonstrative pronoun by an anaphoric one. For example, a hallucinator’s utterance of ’That little green man is bald’ can be reported as ‘Hallucinating a little green man, she said that he was bald’.

Keywords: anaphora; conditional truth conditions; demonstrative; donkey sentence; E-type pronoun; pronoun

Chapter.  17003 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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