The Lazy Person's Approach to Depiction


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Rafael De Clercq
Lingnan University
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It has been argued (for example, by Nelson Goodman and John Hyman) that ‘depicts’ and similar terms such as ‘is a picture of’ and ‘represents’ are semantically ambiguous: sometimes they are two-place predicates expressing a relation, and sometimes they are not. This article takes issue with this claim and develops an alternative theory according to which the ambiguity in question is pragmatic rather than semantic
Keywords Depiction  Pictures  Representation
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DOI 10.1111/jaac.12141
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