David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Synthese 165 (3):373 - 384 (2008)
This paper addresses two questions: what is the distinction between semantics and pragmatics? And why is this distinction important? These questions are discussed in light of the central explanatory goal of linguistics and in relation to the phenomenon of context sensitivity, as illustrated by relational words with implicit arguments and by so-called quantifier domain restriction. It is concluded that context sensitivity is, in the former case, grammatical or lexical and, in the latter case, neither.
|Keywords||Ambiguity Anaphora Circumstance of utterance Circumstance of evaluation Context sensitivity Co-text Deixis Implicit argument Pragmatics Quantifier domain restriction Quantified noun phrases|
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