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Semantic plasticity and speech reports

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Most meanings we express belong to large families of variant meanings, among which it would be implausible to suppose that some are much more apt for being expressed than others. This abundance of candidate meanings creates pressure to think that the proposition attributing any particular meaning to an expression is modally plastic: its truth depends very sensitively on the exact microphysical state of the world. However, such plasticity seems to threaten ordinary counterfactuals whose conseq...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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10.1215/00318108-2683531

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
University College
Department:
Faculty of Philosophy
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Magdalen College
Department:
Faculty of Philosophy
Publisher:
Duke University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Philosophical Review Journal website
Volume:
123
Issue:
3
Pages:
281-338
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EISSN:
1558-1470
ISSN:
0031-8108
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uuid:e06bea4b-c8cb-44dc-9a07-ee8c3ca41448
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PHILOSOPHY:20
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English
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