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I: The Meaning of the First Person Term$
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Maximilian de Gaynesford

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287826

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199287821.001.0001

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Logical Character

Logical Character

(p.89) 6 Logical Character
I: The Meaning of the First Person Term

Maximilian de Gaynesford (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The logical character of I is obligatorily deictic. Some variant devices have obligatory anaphoric reference, some are free, and some again have obligatory deictic reference. It is by singling out individuals made salient in the extra-sentential context that uses of this third sort refer. Substitution instances reveal and matching constraints confirm that each use of I (together with singular You) must fall into this third category.

Keywords:   deictic term, logical character, anaphora, extra-sentential context, substitution instances, matching constraints, salience, singular personal pronouns

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