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Complex referring expressions

R. M. Sainsbury

in Reference without Referents

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780199241804
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602696 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199241805.003.0005
 Complex referring expressions

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Starts by showing that semantic complexity is not as such a barrier to being a referring expression, using the example of compound names. Goes on to consider whether definite descriptions, at least in some uses, should be counted as referring expressions and concludes that they should be, even if one endorses Russellian truth conditions for sentences containing definite descriptions.

Keywords: compound names; definite description; Donnellan; mass terms; plurals; referential intentions; referential versus attributive

Chapter.  8936 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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