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  1. Towards a common semantics for English count and mass nouns.Brendan S. Gillon - 1992 - Linguistics and Philosophy 15 (6):597 - 639.
    English mass noun phrases & count noun phrases differ only minimally grammatically. The basis for the difference is ascribed to a difference in the features +/-CT. These features serve the morphosyntactic function of determining the available options for the assigment of grammatical number, itself determined by the features +/-PL: +CT places no restriction on the available options, while -CT, in the unmarked case, restricts the available options to -PL. They also serve the semantic function of determining the sort of denotation (...)
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    The Readings of plural noun phrases in English.Brendan S. Gillon - 1987 - Linguistics and Philosophy 10 (2):199 - 219.
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  3. Ambiguity, indeterminacy, deixis and vagueness: Evidence and theory.Brendan S. Gillon - 2004 - In Steven Davis & Brendan S. Gillon (eds.), Semantics: a reader. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 157--190.
     
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    Philosophy in Classical India: The Proper Work of Reason.Brendan S. Gillon - 2003 - Mind 112 (448):707-711.
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  5. Mass Terms.Brendan S. Gillon - 2012 - Philosophy Compass 7 (10):712-730.
    English common nouns, like nouns in many other languages, can be distinguished into count nouns and mass nouns. This article sets out the basic morpho‐syntactic and semantic facts pertaining to these two classes of English nouns. In addition, it summarizes and critically discusses the various theories of the semantics of such nouns.
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    Bare plurals as plural indefinite noun phrases.Brendan S. Gillon - 1990 - In Kyburg Henry E., Loui Ronald P. & Carlson Greg N. (eds.), Knowledge Representation and Defeasible Reasoning. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 119--166.
  7. On the semantics/pragmatics distinction.Brendan S. Gillon - 2008 - Synthese 165 (3):373-384.
    This paper addresses two questions: what is the distinction between semantics and pragmatics? And why is this distinction important? These questions are discussed in light of the central explanatory goal of linguistics and in relation to the phenomenon of context sensitivity, as illustrated by relational words with implicit arguments and by so-called quantifier domain restriction. It is concluded that context sensitivity is, in the former case, grammatical or lexical and, in the latter case, neither.
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    Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī and Linguistic Theory.Brendan S. Gillon - 2007 - Journal of Indian Philosophy 35 (5-6):445-468.
  9. Peirce's Challenge to Material Implication as a Model of 'If'.Brendan S. Gillon - 1995 - Analysis 55 (4):280 - 282.
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    Language and Logic in Indian Buddhist Thought.Brendan S. Gillon - 2013 - In Steven M. Emmanuel (ed.), A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy. Chichester, UK: Wiley. pp. 307–319.
    The study of human reasoning and the study of human language have been closely connected in European philosophical thought. Except for the Buddhist thinker Dignāga, these two areas of study have not been connected in classical India. The connection which Dignāga made between inference and meaning in his theory of exclusion is a distinguishing feature of Buddhist philosophical thought in classical India and, for that reason, it is useful to treat the Indian Buddhist views of reasoning and meaning together. Logic, (...)
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    Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī and Linguistic Theory.Brendan S. Gillon - 2007 - Journal of Indian Philosophy 35 (5-6):445-468.
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    Dharmakīrti on the role of causation in inference as presented in pramāṇavārttika svopajñavṛtti 11–38.Brendan S. Gillon & Richard P. Hayes - 2008 - Journal of Indian Philosophy 36 (3):335-404.
    In the svārthānumāna chapter of his Pramāṇavārttika, the Buddhist philosopher Dharmakīrti presented a defense of his claim that legitimate inference must rest on a metaphysical basis if it is to be immune from the risks ordinarily involved in inducing general principles from a finite number of observations. Even if one repeatedly observes that x occurs with y and never observes y in the absence of x, there is no guarantee, on the basis of observation alone, that one will never observe (...)
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  13. Dharmakirti's Theory of Inference: Revaluation and Reconstruction.Brendan S. Gillon - 2005 - Mind 114 (455):768-772.
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  14. Truth Theoretical Semantics and Ambiguity.Brendan S. Gillon - 1990 - Analysis 50 (3):178 - 182.
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    Formalizing English Contextuals.Brendan S. Gillon - 2022 - Disputatio 14 (66):205-238.
    The paper shows that contextuals, words such as those discussed by Richard Vallée in his paper, “On local bars and imported beer”, include not only adjectives and nouns but also verbs, prepositions and adverbs. It shows, moreover, contextuals form just one subclass of words whose complements are optional, that is, words analogous to polyadic predicates of predicate logic. Just as different words, when their complements are omitted, give rise to reflexive (to wash), reciprocal (to meet) and indefinite (to eat) construals, (...)
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    First page preview.Jonathan Bain, Timothy Bays, Katherine A. Brading, Stephen G. Brush, Murray Clarke, Sharyn Clough, Jonathan Cohen, Giancarlo Ghirardi, Brendan S. Gillon & Robert G. Hudson - 2004 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 18 (2-3).
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    A Millennium of Buddhist Logic, Vol. 1.Brendan S. Gillon & Alex Wayman - 2001 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 121 (4):672.
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  18. Bimal Krishna Matilal, Perception: An Essay on Classical Indian Theories of Knowledge Reviewed by.Brendan S. Gillon - 1986 - Philosophy in Review 6 (10):507-509.
     
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    Contraposition and Lewis Carroll's Barber Shop Paradox.Brendan S. Gillon - 1997 - Dialogue 36 (2):247-252.
    RésuméCet article démontre qu'un exemple cité par Ernest Adams pour montrer que l'implication matérielle n'est pas l'interprétation correcte de la sémantique de la conjonction de subordination si, n'est rien d'autre qu'un corollaire d'une observation d'jà faite par Lewis Carroll, il y a cent ans, dans l'exposition de son paradoxe du salon de coiffure.
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    Complement Polyvalence and Permutation in English.Brendan S. Gillon - 2014 - Journal of Logic, Language and Information 23 (3):275-285.
    In this paper, I address the problem wherein the same English word permits one of its complement positions to be satisfied by phrases of different categories. A well-known example of such an English word is the copula to be, whose complements include adjective phrases, noun phrases, prepositional phrases and adverbial phrases. I provide a way to treat such words, in particular verbs, as single lexical items through a conservative extension of the usual treatment of word classification as a pair comprising (...)
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  21. English indefinite noun phrases and plurality.Brendan S. Gillon - 1999 - In Ken Turner (ed.), The Semantics/Pragmatics Interface From Different Points of View. Elsevier. pp. 127--147.
     
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  22. Frits Staal, Universals: Studies in Indian Logic and Linguistics Reviewed by.Brendan S. Gillon - 1988 - Philosophy in Review 8 (7):288-290.
     
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  23. Laurence R. Horn, A Natural History of Negation Reviewed by.Brendan S. Gillon - 1990 - Philosophy in Review 10 (5):181-184.
     
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  24. Mark Siderits, Indian Philosophy of Language. Studies in Selected Issues Reviewed by.Brendan S. Gillon - 1992 - Philosophy in Review 12 (5):359-360.
     
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    Nyāya-Sūtra 5.1.2: Anomalies in the Bhāsya.Brendan S. Gillon - 2003 - Journal of Indian Philosophy 31 (1-3):47-60.
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    Natural language semantics: formation and valuation.Brendan S. Gillon - 2019 - Cambridge, Massachussetts: The MIT Press.
    This textbook, which is completely self-contained and can be read by anyone with a secondary school education, is the result of the author's material prepared over the past 15 years of teaching introductory natural language semantics to graduate and undergraduate students at McGill University. The intended audience comprises undergraduate and graduate students in linguistics as well as those in philosophy, computer science and psychology with an interest in natural language semantics. The aim of the textbook is to teach the fundamentals (...)
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    Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī and Linguistic Theory.Brendan S. Gillon - 2007 - Journal of Indian Philosophy 35 (5-6):445-468.
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  28. Philip L. Peterson, Fact, Proposition, Event Reviewed by.Brendan S. Gillon - 1998 - Philosophy in Review 18 (6):438-441.
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    Dharmakīrti's Theory of Inference Revaluation and Reconstruction.Brendan S. Gillon - 2002 - Oxford University Press USA.
    Study of Nyayabindu of Dharmakirti, 7th cent. and its commentary Nyayabindutika of Dharmottara.
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  30. Ambiguity, generality, and indeterminacy: Tests and definitions. [REVIEW]Brendan S. Gillon - 1990 - Synthese 85 (3):391 - 416.
    The problem addressed is that of finding a sound characterization of ambiguity. Two kinds of characterizations are distinguished: tests and definitions. Various definitions of ambiguity are critically examined and contrasted with definitions of generality and indeterminacy, concepts with which ambiguity is sometimes confused. One definition of ambiguity is defended as being more theoretically adequate than others which have been suggested by both philosophers and linguists. It is also shown how this definition of ambiguity obviates a problem thought to be posed (...)
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    Plural noun phrases and their Readings: A reply to Lasersohn. [REVIEW]Brendan S. Gillon - 1990 - Linguistics and Philosophy 13 (4):477 - 485.
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    Implicit complements: a dilemma for model theoretic semantics. [REVIEW]Brendan S. Gillon - 2012 - Linguistics and Philosophy 35 (4):313-359.
    I show that words with indefinite implicit complements occasion a dilemma for their model theory. There has been only two previous attempts to address this problem, one by Fodor and Fodor (1980) and one by Dowty (1981). Each requires that any word tolerating an implicit complement be treated as ambiguous between two different lexical entries and that a meaning postulate or lexical rule be given to constrain suitably the meanings of the various entries for the word. I show that the (...)
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    Introduction to Dharmakīrti's theory of inference as presented in Pramā $$\underset{\raise0.3em\hbox{$\smash{\scriptscriptstyle\cdot}$}}{n}$$ avārttika Svopajñav $$\underset{\raise0.3em\hbox{$\smash{\scriptscriptstyle\cdot}$}}{t}$$ tti 1–10. [REVIEW]Richard P. Hayes & Brendan S. Gillon - 1991 - Journal of Indian Philosophy 19 (1):1-73.
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    Indian logic revisited: Nyāyapra veśa reviewed. [REVIEW]Brendan S. Gillon & Martha Lile Love - 1980 - Journal of Indian Philosophy 8 (4):349-384.
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    An Early Buddhist Text on Logic: Fang Bian Xin Lun. [REVIEW]Brendan S. Gillon - 2008 - Argumentation 22 (1):15-25.
    The Fang Bian Xin Lun is a text on Buddhist logic which is thought to be the earliest one still to be extant. It appears in Chinese only (T1632). The great Italian indologist Giuseppe Tucci, believing that the text was originally a Sanskrit text, translated it into Sanskrit and gave it the title Upāyahṛdaya. The paper provides the historical background of the development of logic in Classical India up to the time of this text, summarizes its content and translates its (...)
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    Nyāya-SÅ«tra 5.1.2: Anomalies in the Bhāsya. [REVIEW]Brendan S. Gillon - 2003 - Journal of Indian Philosophy 31 (1/3):47-60.
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  37. Introduction to dharmakīrti's theory of inference as presented in pramā $\underset{\raise0.3em\hbox{$\underset{\raise0.3em\hbox{\smash{\scriptscriptstyle\cdot}$}}{n}$}}{n} " />avārttika svopajñav $\underset{\raise0.3em\hbox{$\underset{\raise0.3em\hbox{\smash{\scriptscriptstyle\cdot}$}}{t}$}}{t} " />tti 1–10. [REVIEW]Richard P. Hayes & Brendan S. Gillon - 1991 - Journal of Indian Philosophy 19 (1).
     
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