Complex Demonstratives

Complex Demonstratives : A Quantificational Account

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Since the late 1970s, the orthodox view of complex 'that' phrases (e.g., 'that woman eating a granola bar') has been that they are contextually sensitive devices of direct reference. In Complex Demonstratives, Jeffrey King challenges that orthodoxy, showing that quantificational accounts not only are as effective as direct reference accounts but also handle a wider range of data.

After providing arguments against direct reference accounts of 'that' phrases and developing a quantificational theory of them, King looks at the interaction of 'that' phrases with modal operators, negation, and verbs of propositional attitude. He argues for evidence of scope interaction between 'that' phrases and other scoped elements. King also addresses semantic properties of 'that' and other determiners, and the possibility of extending the semantics of 'that' phrases to 'that' as a syntactically simple demonstrative. Finally, he argues against what he calls ambiguity approaches, theories that hold that the various uses of 'that' phrases cannot be treated by a single semantical theory.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 221 pages
  • 133 x 235 x 6mm | 318g
  • Bradford Books
  • Massachusetts, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0262611694
  • 9780262611695
  • 2,498,079

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"The book contains a thorough account of the controversy over the semantics of complex demonstratives, and advances a sophisticated positive theory that will interest everyone working on the semantics of natural language."--Graeme Forbes, Department of Philosophy, Tulane University "In this extremely clear and closely argued book, Jeffrey C. King claims that the majority view is mistaken: Complex demonstratives (and probably free standing ones) are quantifiers. King's view is ingenious, accounting for both the uses of demonstratives which have led Kaplan and others to take them to be devices of direct reference, as well as more obviously quantificational uses. The marshalling of syntactic and semantic evidence here is impressive; indeed, the book is a model of how one ought to do careful, significant work in semantics. King's view is certain to be the focus of discussion and debate."--Mark Richard, Department of Philosophy, Tufts University
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About Jeffrey C. King

Jeffrey C. King is Graduate Vice-Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Rutgers State University of New Jersey.
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