Minimalism on quotation? Critical review of Cappelen and Lepore's language turned on itself

Philosophical Studies 161 (2):207-225 (2012)
Research on quotation has mostly focussed in the past years on mixed or open quotation. In a recent book-length discussion of the topic, Cappelen and Lepore have abandon their previous Davidsonian allegiances, proposing a new view that they describe as minimalist, to a good extend on the basis of facts concerning mixed quotation. In this paper I critically review Cappelen and Lepore’s new minimalist proposals, briefly outlining my preferred Davidsonian view as a useful foil. I explore first their allegedly non-Davidsonian, anti-contextualist views about pure quotation, and then their new views on mixed quotation. I have complained in the first place that their proposals are not presented as perspicuously as they should be; and in the second place that, when we have a clearer picture of what appears to be the favoured account, the differences with their previous proposals and others already in the literature are not as great as they claim.
Keywords Pure quotation  Mixed quotation  Demonstratives  Direct discourse  Presuppositions  Conventional implicatures
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-011-9730-5
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