Reference and Expression

Wayne A. Davis

in Nondescriptive Meaning and Reference

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780199261659
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603099 | DOI:
 Reference and Expression

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This chapter examines what it is for a speaker to refer to something. It defines speaker reference as the verbal expression of ideas, and relates referring to meaning, mentioning, and the inclusive sense of cogitative speaker meaning. A number of ambiguities are identified, including the opaque, transparent, and referential-attributive distinctions.

Keywords: speaker reference; object nominals; predication; cogitative speaker meaning; mentioning; referential-attributive; opaque; transparent

Chapter.  6024 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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