Monsters and communication: The semantics of contextual shifting and sensitivity

Dissertation, The Australian National University (2012)
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Brian Rabern
University of Edinburgh
Abstract
This thesis argues for two main points concerning the philosophy of natural language semantics. Firstly, that the objects of assertion are distinct from the entities appealed to in the compositional rules of natural language semantics. Secondly, natural languages contain context-shifting operators known as "monsters". In fact, it will be shown that these theses are simply two sides of the same coin.
Keywords semantics  monsters  variables  compositionality  two-dimensionalism  Assertoric content  propositions  context-shifting  variable binding  Kaplan
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