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  1. Murat Baç (2006). Pluralistic Kantianism. Philosophical Forum 37 (2):183–204.
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  2. Ciril Coh (2010). Beyond the Sensibility of Language. Filozofska Istrazivanja 30 (4):563-579.
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  3. Chris Collins (forthcoming). Not Even. Natural Language Semantics:1-13.
    :This paper proposes an analysis of the semantics of even that is consistent with the assumptions about the syntax and semantics of negation in Collins and Postal. First, I review the distribution of negation, showing how negation may modify quantificational expressions where it gives rise to scope freezing effects. Second, I discuss the fact that even-phrases can be modified by negation, as in Not even John is there. On the basis of this fact, I argue that even is a quantifier. (...)
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  4. Sabine Iatridou & Sergei Tatevosov (forthcoming). Our Even. Linguistics and Philosophy:1-37.
    We discuss a phenomenon that appears when ‘even’ occurs in questions. Specifically, an inference of what we call “extreme ignorance” is projected onto the speaker. We argue that this effect arises when the known unlikelihood ‘even’ focuses an entire question, resulting in the focused question being the least likely to be asked. Specific implicatures then conspire to bring about the inference that the speaker does not know the answer to the question that is most expected to be known. The environments (...)
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  5. Nikola Kompa (ed.) (2015). Handbuch Sprachphilosophie. Metzler.
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  6. Daniel Rothschild & Seth Yalcin (forthcoming). Three Notions of Dynamicness in Language. Linguistics and Philosophy:1-23.
    We distinguish three ways that a theory of linguistic meaning and communication might be considered dynamic in character. We provide some examples of systems which are dynamic in some of these senses but not others. We suggest that separating these notions can help to clarify what is at issue in particular debates about dynamic versus static approaches within natural language semantics and pragmatics.
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  7. Josefa Toribio (1991). Una crítica al realismo desde la teoría del significado. Revista de Filosofía (Madrid) 5:13.
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  8. Luis Vicente (forthcoming). Free Versus Bound Variables and the Taxonomy of Gaps. Natural Language Semantics:1-43.
    Potts et seq. presents an analysis of gap-containing supplements where the gap is modelled as a variable over the semantic type of the constituent that the as-clause adjoins to. This much allows the meaning of the gap to be resolved purely compositionally, by defining as as a function that allows the anchor to bind the gap variable. This article presents a class of as-clauses where Potts’s analysis seems to break down, in that the gap cannot be modelled as a variable (...)
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  9. Alberto Voltolini (2006). How Ficta Follow Fiction. Springer.
    This book presents a novel theory of fictional entities which is syncretistic insofar as it integrates the work of previous authors. It puts forward a new metaphysical conception of the nature of these This This book presents a novel theory of fictional entities which is syncretistic insofar as it integrates the work of previous authors. It puts forward a new metaphysical conception of the nature of these entities, according to which a fictional entity is a compound entity built up from (...)
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