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The Unity of Linguistic Meaning

John Collins


The general aim of The Unity of Linguistic Meaning is to deliver a solution to the so-called ‘unity of the proposition’ problem as it pertains to linguistic meaning. The problem is to explain what needs to be added to a collection of elements to make a structured unity comprising those elements. In linguistic terms, the problem is to explain what distinguishes a contentful sentence from a list of words. The volume can be roughly divided into three parts. Firstly, the focus on language is explained and the unity problem is stated accompanied by three desiderata on an adequate solution. The prob ... More

Keywords: unity of the proposition, Frege, Russell, syntax, Merge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199694846
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694846.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Collins, author
University of East Anglia