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Sentence-Meanings as Proto-Acts

Stephen J Barker

in Renewing Meaning

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780199263660
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601354 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199263663.003.0003
Sentence-Meanings as Proto-Acts

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I defend the idea of sentence-meanings as proto-illocutionary-act types; entities that are structurally distinct from propositions. I develop a theory of logically simple sentences, according to which their meanings are reportive proto-assertion types. I diffuse the slingshot argument, and offer a novel theory of adverbial modification.

Keywords: adverb; complexes; higher-order complex; properties; report; slingshot argument; truth-maker

Chapter.  7632 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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