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Simple Sentences, Substitution, and Intuitions

Jennifer M. Saul


It has traditionally been thought that the substitution of co-referential terms succeeds in all but a few special linguistic contexts, such as belief reports. Philosophers have devoted considerable energy to attempting to understand these special contexts. This book discusses apparent cases of substitution failure in simple sentences: those that do not involve any such special contexts. It shows that existing theories — whether semantic or pragmatic — cannot accommodate these cases, and that certain central assumptions regarding the role of intuitions must be abandoned in order to deal with th ... More

Keywords: belief reports, co-referential terms, semantic, pragmatic, substitution failure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199219155
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219155.001.0001


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Jennifer M. Saul, author
University of Sheffield
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