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    Lenny Clapp (2001). Disjunctive Properties. Journal of Philosophy 98 (3):111 - 136.
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    Lenny Clapp (forthcoming). On Denying Presuppositions. Synthese:1-60.
    Strawson :96–118, 1964) argued that definite NPs trigger presuppositions as an aspect of their conventional meanings, and this semantic conception of presupposition triggers is incorporated into the binding theory of presuppositions. The phenomenon of presupposition denials, however, presents a problem for the semantic conception of presupposition triggers, for in such denials the alleged semantic presuppositions seem to be “cancelled” by a negation operator. Geurts :274–307, 1998; Presupposition and pronouns, 1999) attempts to solve this problem by utilizing the binding theory’s allowance (...)
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    Lenny Clapp (2012). Three Challenges for Indexicalism. Mind and Language 27 (4):435-465.
    Indexicalism is a strategy for defending truth-conditional semantics from under-determination arguments. According to indexicalism the class of indexical expressions includes not only the obvious indexicals, e.g. demonstratives and personal pronouns, but also unobvious indexical expressions, expressions which allegedly have been discovered to be indexicals. This paper argues that indexicalism faces significant obstacles that have yet to be overcome. The issue that divides indexicalism and truth-conditional pragmatics is first clarified. And then three general problems for indexicalism are presented, and some potential (...)
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    Lenny Clapp (2012). Indexical Color Predicates: Truth Conditional Semantics Vs. Truth Conditional Pragmatics. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 42 (2):71-100.
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    Lenny Clapp (2012). Is Even Thought Compositional? Philosophical Studies 157 (2):299-322.
    Fodor (Mind Lang 16:1–15, 2001 ) endorses the mixed view that thought, yet not language, is compositional. That is, Fodor accepts the arguments of radical pragmatics that language is not compositional, but he claims these arguments do not apply to thought. My purpose here is to evaluate this mixed position: Assuming that the radical pragmaticists are right that language is not compositional, what arguments can be provided in support of the claim that thought is compositional? Before such arguments can be (...)
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    Lenny Clapp (2015). A Non‐Alethic Approach to Faultless Disagreement. Dialectica 69 (4):517-550.
    This paper motivates and describes a non-alethic approach to faultless disagreement involving predicates of personal taste. In section 1 I describe problems faced by Sundell's indexicalist approach, and MacFarlane's relativist approach. In section 2 I develop an alternative, non-alethic, approach. The non-alethic approach is broadly expressivist in that it endorses both the negative semantic thesis that simple sentences containing PPTs do not semantically encode complete propositions and the positive pragmatic thesis that such sentences are used to express evaluative mental states. (...)
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    Lenny Clapp (2009). The Problem of Negative Existentials Does Not Exist: A Case for Dynamic Semantics. Journal of Pragmatics 41 (7):1422-1434.
    The problem of negative existentials arises because utterances of such sentences have the paradoxical feature of denying what they presuppose, thus undermining their own truth. There are only two general strategies for solving the problem within the constraints traditional static semantics, and both strategies attempt to explain away this paradoxical feature. I argue that both strategies are fundamentally flawed, and that an adequate account of negative existentials must countenance, and not explain away, this paradoxical feature. Moreover, I argue that a (...)
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    Lenny Clapp (2002). Davidson's Program and Interpreted Logical Forms. Linguistics and Philosophy 25 (3):261-297.
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    Lenny Clapp (1997). On Quine. Philosophical Review 106 (4):622-626.
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    Lenny Clapp & Laura Duhau (2011). Varieties of the Generality Constraint. Manuscrito 34 (2):397-434.
    Since its introduction by Evans , the generality constraint has been invoked by various philosophers for different purposes. Our purpose here is, first, to clarify what precisely the GC states by way of an interpretive framework, the GC Schema, and second, to demonstrate in terms of this framework some problems that arise if one invokes the GC without clearly specifying an appropriate interpretation. By utilizing the GC Schema these sorts of problems can be avoided, and we thus propose it as (...)
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    Lenny Clapp & Robert J. Stainton (2002). `Obviously Propositions Are Nothing': Russell and the Logical Form of Belief Reports. In Georg Peter & Gerhard Preyer (eds.), Logical Form and Language. Oxford University Press 409--420.
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    Lenny Clapp (2010). Unarticulated Tension. In François Recanati, Isidora Stojanovic & Neftali Villanueva (eds.), Context-Dependence, Perspective and Relativity. Mouton de Gruyter 6--19.
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    Lenny Clapp (2009). The Rhetorical Relations Approach to Indirect Speech Acts: Problems and Prospects. Pragmatics and Cognition 17 (1):43-76.
    Asher and Lascarides maintain that speech act types, the sorts of linguistic actions described and categorized, most influentially, by Austin and Searle are rhetorical relations. This relational account of speech acts is problematic for two reasons: Despite Asher and Lascarides ingenious appeal to dot type speech acts, the relational account is incompatible with the widespread phenomenon of indirect speech; only some speech acts are plausibly identified with rhetorical relations. These problems can be solved if a distinction between two kinds of (...)
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    Lenny Clapp (2013). Robert Fiengo, Asking Questions: Using Meaningful Structures to Imply Ignorance, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007, 179 Pp. GBP 48.00 (Hardback), ISBN 978‐0‐19‐920841‐8. [REVIEW] Dialectica 67 (2):243-247.
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  15. Lenny Clapp (2007). Minimal (Disagreement About) Semantics. In Gerhard Preyer & Georg Peter (eds.), Context-Sensitivity and Semantic Minimalism: New Essays on Semantics and Pragmatics. OUP Oxford
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    Lenny Clapp (2008). Review of Michael O'Rourke, Corey Washington (Eds.), Situating Semantics: Essays on the Philosophy of John Perry. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (2).
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    Lenny Clapp (2013). Denegaciones metalingüísticas y existenciales negativos. Dianoia 58 (70):133-157.
    En "Existenciales negativos como denegaciones metalingüísticas" (García 2012), Eduardo García presenta una propuesta metalingüística sobre los existenciales negativos y argumenta en contra de la propuesta de la corrección dinámica (Clapp 2008). Aquí argumento que aunque la posición de García es atractiva porque satisface un criterio importante que muchas interpretaciones de los existenciales negativos no logran hacer justicia, no presenta una posición convincente en contra de la propuesta de la corrección dinámica ni a favor de su propuesta metalingüística. In his "Existenciales (...)
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    Lenny Clapp (2005). Review of Zoltan Gendler Szab (Ed.), Semantics Versus Pragmatics. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2005 (7).
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    Lenny Clapp (2009). The Rhetorical Relations Approach to Indirect Speech Acts: Problems and Prospects. [REVIEW] Pragmatics and Cognitionpragmatics and Cognition 17 (1):43-76.
    Asher and Lascarides maintain that speech act types, the sorts of linguistic actions described and categorized, most influentially, by Austin and Searle are rhetorical relations. This relational account of speech acts is problematic for two reasons: Despite Asher and Lascarides ingenious appeal to dot type speech acts, the relational account is incompatible with the widespread phenomenon of indirect speech; only some speech acts are plausibly identified with rhetorical relations. These problems can be solved if a distinction between two kinds of (...)
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  20. Lenny Clapp (2009). Review. [REVIEW] Critica 41 (123):147-162.
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  21. Lenny Clapp (2002). What Unarticulated Constituents Could Not Be. In Joseph K. Campbell, Michael O'Rourke & David Shier (eds.), Meaning and Truth - Investigations in Philosophical Semantics. Seven Bridges Press 231--256.
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