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Category mistakes and figurative language

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Category mistakes are sentences such as ‘The number two is blue’ or ‘Green ideas sleep furiously’. Such sentences are highly infelicitous and thus a prominent view claims that they are meaningless. Category mistakes are also highly prevalent in figurative language. That is to say, it is very common for sentences which are used figuratively to be such that, if taken literally, they would constitute category mistakes. (Consider for example the metaphor ‘The poem is pregnant’, the metonymy ‘The ...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted manuscript

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10.1007/s11098-015-0575-1

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, Philosophy Faculty
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Springer Verlag Publisher's website
Journal:
Philosophical Studies Journal website
Volume:
174
Issue:
1
Pages:
65–78
Publication date:
2015-09-28
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EISSN:
1573-0883
ISSN:
0031-8116
URN:
uuid:cbfd1644-684d-45f1-9cc4-7735b2bab42f
Source identifiers:
571352
Local pid:
pubs:571352
Paper number:
1

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