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Reference: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Jeanette Gundel and Nancy Hedberg


The ability to produce and understand referring expressions is basic to human language use and human cognition. Reference comprises the ability to think of and represent objects (both real and imagined/fictional), to indicate to others which of these objects we are talking about, and to determine what others are talking about when they use a nominal expression. The articles in this volume are concerned with some of the central themes and challenges in research on reference within the cognitive sciences—philosophy (including philosophy of language and mind, logic, and formal semantics), theoret ... More

Keywords: referring expressions, cognition, reference, cognitive sciences, definite descriptions, reference resolution, pronouns, Centering Theory, Givenness Hierarchy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195331639
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331639.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeanette Gundel, author
University of Minnesota
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Nancy Hedberg, author
Simon Fraser University
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