Graduate studies at Western
Journal of Semantics 18 (3):211-241 (2001)
|Abstract||An intriguing puzzle due to Charles Sanders Peirce (Peirce 1906) has recently regained the interest of semanticists. It has been argued that the puzzle should be analysed by means of a dynamic or E‐type analysis of non‐bound pronouns. In this paper we first argue that ‘Peirce's Puzzle’, basically, doesn't have anything to do with non‐bound pronouns and that, consequently, a dynamic or E‐type analysis of pronouns misses the point. We next show that Peirce's own, intuitively correct, observations can be seen to follow from independently motivated principles governing the use of indefinite noun phrases. The puzzle constitutes further motivation for a perspective on the semantics/pragmatic interface recently under development in a dynamic setting|
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