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<b>Communicative Role</b>

Maximilian de Gaynesford

in I: The Meaning of the First Person Term

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199287826
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603570 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199287821.003.0012
 Communicative Role

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I fulfils its communicative role in the deictic mode. It is the communicative role of any singular term to communicate thoughts. This requires that the audience know the positive answer to the question: ‘which individual is being spoken of?’, that is, the term must achieve discriminability of reference for the audience. Deictic terms require salience if they are to achieve discriminability of reference for the audience, i.e., it is as the individual made salient that one must identify the referent of a use of a deictic term. It is as the individual made salient that one must identify the referent of a use of I.

Keywords: deictic term; communicative role; thoughts; discriminability; audience; salience; singular personal pronouns

Chapter.  8203 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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