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Proto-Referring Acts and Proper Names

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/10.1093/0199263663.003.0005
Proto-Referring Acts and Proper Names

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I first outline the general theory of proto-referring acts, which is the basis for a unified semantics of noun phrases. I then concentrate on proper names, utilising referential trees, to provide a theory of proper names that is neither direct referentialist nor descriptivist, and which is perfectly neutral on denoting and non-denoting names

Keywords: fiction; negative existential; noun phrase; proper name; proto-referring acts; referential tree; repertoire rule

Chapter.  11880 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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