Analysis 56 (4):246–250 (1996)

Ian Rumfitt
Oxford University
In his 'paratactic' analysis of indirect speech reports, Davidson took the occurrence of 'that' in 'Galileo said that the Earth moves' to be a demonstrative expression which refers to the reporter's subsequent utterance of 'the Earth moves'. Ian McFetridge used his 'counting problem' to argue that we get a better version of the paratactic theory if we take the demonstrative 'that' to refer to the proposition expressed by the reporter's utterance, rather than to the utterance itself. In this note, I defend McFetridge's argument against an objection of Richard Holton's.
Keywords Parataxis  Indirect sppech  Samesaying  Propositions  Donald Davidson  Ian McFetridge
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DOI 10.1111/j.0003-2638.1996.00246.x
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