Reference

Paperback | April 18, 2010

byBarbara Abbott

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This book introduces the most important problems of reference and considers the solutions that have been proposed to explain them. Reference is at the centre of debate among linguists and philosophers and, as Barbara Abbott shows, this has been the case for centuries. She begins by examiningthe basic issue of how far reference is a two place (words-world) or a three place (speakers-words-world) relation. She then discusses the main aspects of the field and the issues associated with them, including those concerning proper names; direct reference and individual concepts; the differencebetween referential and quantificational descriptions; pronouns and indexicality; concepts like definiteness and strength; and noun phrases in discourse. Professor Abbott writes with exceptional verve and wit. She presupposes no technical knowledge or background and presents issues and analyses from first principles, illustrating them at every stage with well-chosen examples. Her book is addressed in the first place to advanced undergraduate andgraduate students in linguistics and philosophy of language, but it will also appeal to students and practitioners in computational linguistics, cognitive psychology, and anthropology. All will welcome the clarity this guide brings to a subject that continues to challenge the leading thinkers of theage.

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This book introduces the most important problems of reference and considers the solutions that have been proposed to explain them. Reference is at the centre of debate among linguists and philosophers and, as Barbara Abbott shows, this has been the case for centuries. She begins by examiningthe basic issue of how far reference is a two...

Barbara Abbott is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at Michigan State University where for many years she taught semantics, pragmatics, and philosophy of language. Her published work includes articles in Natural Language Semantics, Language, Linguistics and Philosophy, Journal of Pragmatics, and Mind.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:April 18, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199203458

ISBN - 13:9780199203451

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1. Introduction2. The Foundations3. Subsequent Developments4. The Proper Treatment of Quantification5. Proper Names6. Definite Descriptions7. Plurals and Generics8. Indexicality and Pronouns9. Definiteness, Strength, Partitives, and Referentiality10. NPs in Discourse11. Taking Stock