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Abstract Objects and the Semantics of Natural Language$
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Friederike Moltmann

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199608744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608744.001.0001

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Intensional Transitive Verbs and their “Objects”

Intensional Transitive Verbs and their “Objects”

(p.168) 5 Intensional Transitive Verbs and their “Objects”
Abstract Objects and the Semantics of Natural Language

Friederike Moltmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on transitive intensional verbs such as need, look for, buy, and recognize, and in particular the semantics of special quantifiers in constructions in which two transitive intensional verbs are said to share an object. It is argued that the shared object in such constructions is neither an abstract meaning (an intensional quantifier or a property) nor an entity of the sort of a need. Rather it is what I call a variable satisfier, an entity associated with a function mapping situations satisfying an entity like a need onto objects.

Keywords:   transitive intensional verbs, quantifier, intensionality, nominalizations, situations, variable embodiment, perception verbs

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