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On Reference

Andrea Bianchi


Most of the times we open our mouth to communicate, we talk about things. This can happen because (some of) the linguistic expressions we use have semantic properties that connect them to extra-linguistic entities. Thanks to these properties, they may be used by us to refer to things. Or, as we may also say, they themselves refer to things, though in certain cases they do so only relative to a context of use. But how can we characterize the semantic properties in question? What exactly is reference? Philosophers have been trying to answer these questions at least since Plato’s Cratylus, but no ... More

Keywords: reference, semantics, philosophy of language

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198714088
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714088.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Bianchi, editor
Università degli Studi di Parma

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