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Words and ThoughtsSubsentences, Ellipsis, and the Philosophy of Language$
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Robert Stainton

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250387

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250387.001.0001

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Sentence Primacy

Sentence Primacy

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(p.191) 10 Sentence Primacy
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Words and Thoughts
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Robert J. Stainton (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250387.003.0010

This chapter lays out five different ways of reading the context principle: methodological, metasemantic, pragmatic, semantic, and psychological. It notes several rationales for embracing the principle. It then objects to the principle, on several of its readings, from non-sentence use. The suggested result, in the face of this objection, was three parts consistency and two parts inconsistency: (a) the first reading of the principle would be largely untouched; (b) the second would be left unsupported; but (c) the other readings would be outright falsified.

Keywords:   context principle, sentences, primary, quantifier phrases

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