Journal Article

Anaphora and Semantic Innocence

J. P. Smit and Asbjørn Steglich-Petersen

in Journal of Semantics

Volume 27, issue 1, pages 119-124
Published in print February 2010 | ISSN: 0167-5133
Published online November 2009 | e-ISSN: 1477-4593 | DOI:
Anaphora and Semantic Innocence

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Semantic theories that violate semantic innocence, that is require reference shifts when terms are embedded in ‘that’ clauses and the like, are often challenged by producing sentences where an anaphoric expression, while not itself embedded in a context in which reference shifts, is anaphoric on an antecedent expression that is embedded in such a context. This, in conjunction with a widely accepted principle concerning unproblematic anaphora (the ‘Principle of Anaphoric Reference’), is used to show that such reference shifting has absurd consequences. We show that it is the widely accepted principle concerning anaphora that is to be blamed for these consequences and not the supposed sin of reference shifting.

Journal Article.  2101 words. 

Subjects: Semantics

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