Troubles for the Quantifier–Variable-Binding Model

Stephen J Barker

in Renewing Meaning

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780199263660
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601354 | DOI:
Troubles for the Quantifier–Variable-Binding Model

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I develop a general argument that the quantifier-variable-binding approaches available within the Frege model are unable to analyse a whole class of donkey pronouns. I call this the double-bind problem. I demonstrate this by looking at two major approaches to anaphora–E- and D-type pronoun theory and Discourse Representation theory–but the conclusions apply to other approaches.

Keywords: DRT; Dynamic Semantics; D-type pronoun; double bind; situation quantifier; variable

Chapter.  10805 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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