Anaphora and Semantic Innocence

Journal of Semantics 27 (1):ffp012 (2010)
Semantic theories that violate semantic innocence, i.e. require reference-shifts when terms are embedded in ‘that’ clauses and the like, are often challenged by producing sentences where an anaphoric expression, while not itself embedded in a context in which reference shifts, is anaphoric on an antecedent expression that is embedded in such a context. This, in conjunction with a widely accepted principle concerning unproblematic anaphora, is used to show that such reference shifting has absurd consequences. We show that it is the widely accepted principle concerning anaphora that is to be blamed for these consequences, and not the supposed sin of reference shifting.
Keywords Anaphora  Semantic Innocence  Reference
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DOI 10.1093/jos/ffp012
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