Journal of Semantics 4 (3):247-255 (1985)

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Bart Geurts
Radboud University Nijmegen
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There is a fairly general tendency to analyse generic statements as referring to the entities that are commonly identified as “kinds”. Apart from the fact that, thus far, none of these analyses have proven to be satisfactory, there always remains the problem of explaining what a kind is. I propose, instead, to do away with kinds altogether, and to regard generics as expressing stereotypical assumptions. Although, at the moment, I have just the broad outlines of a theory to offer, this approach seems to fit the available data quite well. Moreover, it obviates the need to assume that generic descriptions are referential expressions
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