Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 88 (2):160–180 (2007)

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Berit Brogaard
University of Miami
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The paper revisits Sharvy's theory of plural definite descriptions. An alternative account of plural definite descriptions building on the ideas of plural quantification and non-distributive plural predication is developed. Finally, the alternative is extrapolated to account for generic uses of definite descriptions.
Keywords definite descriptions  plural predicates  plural quantifiers  generic descriptions  quantification over parts  plural descriptions  generics  D-type generics  descriptions as predicates  dynamic semantics
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2007.00285.x
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