By Robert Fiengo

ISBN-10: 0262062577

ISBN-13: 9780262062572

Audio system, of their daily conversations, use language to discuss language. they could ask yourself approximately what phrases suggest, to whom a reputation refers, even if a sentence is right. they might fear whether or not they were transparent, or safely expressed what they intended to assert. That audio system could make such inquiries implies a level of entry to the advanced array of information and abilities underlying our skill to talk, and notwithstanding this entry is incomplete, we however can shape in this foundation ideals approximately linguistic concerns of substantial subtlety, approximately ourselves and others. it really is ideals of this sort—de lingua beliefs—that Robert Fiengo and Robert may possibly discover during this booklet. Fiengo and will concentrate on the ideals audio system have in regards to the semantic values of linguistic expressions, exploring the genesis of those ideals and the explanatory roles they play in how audio system use and comprehend language. Fiengo and will learn the assets to be had to audio system for producing linguistic ideals, contemplating how linguistic thought characterizes the formal, syntactic id of the expressions linguistic ideals are approximately and the way this impacts audio system' ideals approximately coreference. Their key perception is that the content material of ideals approximately semantic values will be taken as a part of what we are saying via our utterances. This has direct outcomes, tested intimately through Fiengo and should, for explaining the informativeness of id statements and the chances for substitution in attributions of propositional attitudes, instances during which audio system' ideals approximately coreference play a important position.

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There is considerably more to say about the Paderewski puzzle; we will return to it repeatedly in the chapters to follow, and it will be the central topic of chapter 4. But at least one effect of exploring this puzzle is apparent already, namely, we cannot rely on our untutored intuitive linguistic notions to provide an accurate indication of underlying linguistic reality. In most cases, our intuitive criterion—if words sound (look) the same, they are the same, and if they sound (look) different, they are different—is unproblematic, giving clear grounds for judgment in our everyday encounters with language.

From this alone we can conclude that “[Oscar]” and the pronoun in (1) have the same reference. ”) No such conclusion as this follows for (2), however. 13 It only means that there are tokens of distinct syntactic types, just as coindexing means just that there are tokens of the same type. Beliefs speakers have about the form of language, about whether expression tokens are of the same type, are in this way directly reflected in their semantic beliefs about coreference and noncoreference. And these beliefs will have a direct effect on how speakers can realize their communicative goals via the anaphoric use of language.

Thus, the string “Oscar kissed his mother” is structurally ambiguous, but only between two conditions: coindexing and noncoindexing. 18 We should perhaps make an interjection here in order to stress that the points we are making about syntactic-expression identity reflect properties of general linguistic theory, and are integral to the definition of the notion of grammar itself. As such, they are not a matter of any particular implementation; rather, they are aspects of any conceptualization of linguistic theory, independently of descriptive framework, or method or mode of representation.

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