Syntactic and semantic options

John Horty

in Frege on Definitions

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199732715
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852628 | DOI:
Syntactic and semantic options

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This chapter focuses on the semantics of complex, incomplete, and defined expressions. It aims to extend the ρ and σ functions, mapping expressions into their referents and senses, and then applying them to the syntactic outputs of the new removal rules. Also illustrated in this chapter are two reasons on how one can get away without assigning senses to complex incomplete or defined expressions. Furthermore, this chapter demonstrates how both complex incomplete and defined expressions must be able to appear as real constituents in complete expressions, with their senses appearing as constituents in the senses of any complete expressions that contain them.

Keywords: semantics; complex incomplete expressions; defined expressions; referents; senses; syntactic outputs

Chapter.  6688 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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