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Structuring Sense Volume IIn Name Only$
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Hagit Borer

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263905.001.0001

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The Proper Way

The Proper Way

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(p.63) 3 The Proper Way
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Structuring Sense Volume I
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Hagit Borer (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263905.003.0003

This chapter, which serves as a general introduction to the mode of argumentation employed in the rest of this book, includes a review of some arguments for the existence of a syntactic D projection, as well as a discussion of some of the properties of that D projection when it is headed by a null element, that is, when there is no overt range assigner for the open value heading D, d. It then turns to the investigation of one specific mode of assigning range to d: that of proper names. It suggests that the proper name-common name distinction does not involve lexical listing, nor is an operation of type-shifting required to handle it. Rather, proper-name and common-name interpretations emerge from two distinct syntactic structures, in which range is assigned differently to d.

Keywords:   syntactic D projection, proper name, common name, syntactic structures, range

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