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Natural language variables: variable-based semantic theories of pronouns and proper names

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Semanticists, philosophers and logicians have standardly analyzed a range of natural language expressions on the model of the variables of formal languages. This dissertation explores variable- based semantic theories of pronounsand proper names.

The first two chapters argue that a variable-based, presuppositional semantics for pronouns proposed by Cooper (1979, 1983) resolves an apparent trilemma arising from the conjunction of three plausible commitments concerni...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Corpus Christi College
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty

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Publication date:
2012
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
URN:
uuid:2ec9cd7c-5fe3-4dd5-ae3b-e94e317246c1
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ora:6994

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