Abstract Objects and the Semantics of Natural Language by Friederike MoltmannAbstract Objects and the Semantics of Natural Language by Friederike Moltmann

Abstract Objects and the Semantics of Natural Language

byFriederike Moltmann

Hardcover | May 8, 2013

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Abstract objects have been a central topic in philosophy since antiquity. Philosophers have defended various views about abstract objects by appealing to metaphysical considerations, considerations regarding mathematics or science, and, not infrequently, intuitions about natural language. Thisbook pursues the question of how and whether natural language allows for reference to abstract objects in a fully systematic way. By making full use of contemporary linguistic semantics, it presents a much greater range of linguistic generalizations than has previously been taken into considerationin philosophical discussions, and it argues for an ontological picture is very different from that generally taken for granted by philosophers and semanticists alike. Reference to abstract objects such as properties, numbers, propositions, and degrees is considerably more marginal than generallyheld. Instead, natural language is rather generous in allowing reference to particularized properties (tropes), the use of nonreferential expressions in apparent referential position, and the use of 'nominalizing expressions', such as quantifiers like 'something'. Reference to abstract objects isachieved generally only by the use of 'reifying terms', such as 'the number eight'.
Friederike Moltmann has studied linguistics, philosophy and mathematics at the universities of Berlin and Munich and obtained a PhD in linguistics from MIT in 1992. Her work has since been both in linguistics and philosophy and in particular the interface between the two. She taught both linguistics and philosophy at various universiti...
Title:Abstract Objects and the Semantics of Natural LanguageFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:May 8, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199608741

ISBN - 13:9780199608744


Table of Contents

Introduction1. Reference to Universals2. Reference to Tropes and the Ontology of Tropes3. The Semantics of Special Quantifiers in Predicate Position4. Propositions and Attitudinal Objects5. Intensional Transitive Verbs and their Objects6. Reifying TermsConclusionReferencesBibliographyIndex