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Language Turned on ItselfThe Semantics and Pragmatics of Metalinguistic Discourse$
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Herman Cappelen and Ernest Lepore

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231195

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231195.001.0001

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On the Nature of Quotable Items: Signs and Expressions

On the Nature of Quotable Items: Signs and Expressions

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(p.147) 12 On the Nature of Quotable Items: Signs and Expressions
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Language Turned on Itself
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Herman Cappelen (Contributor Webpage)

Ernie Lepore (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231195.003.0012

The chapter introduces an obvious (though surprisingly overlooked) distinction between signs and expressions and invoke this distinction and the Minimal Theory of Chapter 11 to underwrite an account of quotation expression individuation. It then exploits this account of quotation expression individuation in order to explain (away) the recalcitrant variability data from Chapter 7. The chapter explains why so many authors (and speakers) are misled into thinking a single quotation expression can be used to pick out distinct quotable items on different occasions.

Keywords:   quotation expression, Minimal Theory of Quotation, individuation, signs, expressions

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