This chapter discusses reasons why the practice of quotation is of central significance to the philosophy of language and to philosophy more generally. It argues that quotation is an important but neglected philosophical topic. The chapter sketches seven topics that can be illuminated significantly by understanding quotation, and together constitute a strong prima facie case for its philosophical significance. These are: understanding metalinguistic discourse, opacity, the language-world connection, what is said, compositionality, the semantics-pragmatics divide; and indexicality, context sensitivity, and monsters.
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