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Pieter A. M. Seuren

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199559473

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559473.001.0001

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Propositions and truth

Propositions and truth

(p.85) 3 Propositions and truth
Language in Cognition

Pieter A. M. Seuren (Contributor Webpage)

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Thought as expressed in language is propositionally structured. The notion of proposition is explained in a historical context. Utterance tokens are per se context‐dependent: they are contextually anchored and referentially keyed. Propositions‐in‐context consist of a topic and a comment. Truth and interpretation are both model‐theoretic and cognitive. Existential import is a matter of lexical argument term position.

Keywords:   contextual anchoring and referential keying, existential import, proposition, reification, topic‐comment distinction, truth, type‐token distinction, valuation spaces

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