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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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Reifying Terms

Reifying Terms

(p.202) 6 Reifying Terms
Abstract Objects and the Semantics of Natural Language

Friederike Moltmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter takes a closer look at complex terms that make reference to abstract objects, such as the number eight, the numeral eight, and the color green. It gives a general syntactic characterization of such terms and sketches a semantics of them as reifying terms, introducing an object on the basis of the mentioning of a (generally a non-referential) expression. The chapter discusses in greater detail particular reifying terms, namely those referring to numbers, expressions or colors. Finally it presents syntactic criteria for the ‘quasi-referential’ status of the expression following the sortal in a reifying term.

Keywords:   abstract objects, reification, abstraction, sortals, colors, numbers, quotation, pleonastic determiners

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