A simple semantic model

John Horty

in Frege on Definitions

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199732715
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852628 | DOI:
A simple semantic model

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This chapter gives a precise semantic framework in which senses can be assigned with definite structures. It aims to examine the robust interpretation of fruitfulness of both defined expressions and “incomplete” expressions in accordance to which the presence of defined and incomplete expressions actually alter the structure of expressible senses. The framework illustrated would be explicitly procedural with the sense of an expression interpreted as a procedure for determining its referent. Given that it is not a standard kind of framework in formal semantics, the chapter begins with a basic definition of the interpretation itself.

Keywords: semantic framework; senses; defined expressions; incomplete expressions; referent; formal sematics

Chapter.  8087 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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