Synthese:1-18 (2019)

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James (J.T.M.) Miller
Durham University
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It has been a common assumption that words are substances that instantiate or have properties. In this paper, I question the assumption that our ontology of words requires posting substances by outlining a bundle theory of words, wherein words are bundles of various sorts of properties (such as semantic, phonetic, orthographic, and grammatical properties). I argue that this view can better account for certain phenomena than substance theories, is ontologically more parsimonious, and coheres with claims in linguistics.
Keywords Words  Bundle Theory  Linguistics  Metaphysics of Words  Nominalism
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-019-02430-3
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