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Meaning without Truth$
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Stefano Predelli

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199695638

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695638.001.0001

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Vocatives: Obstinacy and Recruitment

Vocatives: Obstinacy and Recruitment

(p.132) (p.133) 8 Vocatives: Obstinacy and Recruitment
Meaning without Truth

Stefano Predelli

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the fundamental idea that guides the discussion of certain unexpected cases of non truth-conditional meaning in chapters nine to twelve: the idea of an obstinate occurrence of an indexical expression. The phenomena studied here are vocatives, dates, and signatures, with particular attention to their effects on the use of indexicals having to do respectively with the context’s addressee, its temporal parameter, and its agent. The last two sections of this chapter also introduce the notion of ‘recruitment’, and discuss cases in which certain expressions derive their bias in accordance with the character of some syntactic items within their scope. The idea of recruitment is then tentatively applied to the case of speech-act adverbs such as ‘frankly’.

Keywords:   vocatives, dates, signatures, obstinate indexical, recruitment, speech-act adverb

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