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Stefano Predelli

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778158

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778158.001.0001

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Articulations and Uses

Articulations and Uses

(p.21) 2 Articulations and Uses
Proper Names

Stefano Predelli

Oxford University Press

This chapter enriches the semantic picture put forth in Chapter 1 with a theory of the use of language, grounded on the role played by articulations (roughly, expression-types) within the employment of linguistic items. As a result, it presents certain general claims about semantic representation, and it introduces the idea of context of use, the distinction between a context and a setting, and the notion of settlement. With an eye towards the author’s later discussion of homonymy, it also considers certain approaches to lexical ambiguity, and the role of so-called ‘disambiguating indexes’. In its final section, this chapter also addresses certain questions pertaining to the metaphysics of words, mostly with the aim of separating them from the more genuinely semantic issues the author discusses in later chapters.

Keywords:   articulation, settlement, ambiguity, pragmatics, words, pre-semantics

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