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Descriptions and Beyond - Marga Reimer

Descriptions and Beyond

By: Marga Reimer (Editor), Anne Bezuidenhout (Editor)

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Published: 1st May 2004
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Marga Reimer and Anne Bezuidenhout present a collection of brand-new essays on important topics at the intersection of philosophy and linguistics. Written by a stellar line-up of contributors drawn from both disciplines, the papers will likewise attract a wide readership of professionals and students from either side.

The volume is well-conceptualized and well-edited ... an excellent collection which gives a real sense of how semantics is done these days. Zoltan Gendler Szabo, Mind It is now a full century since the publication of "On Denoting", the essay in which Bertrand Russell introduced the theory of descriptions. The current volume, released just in time for the centenary, shows unequivocally that Russell's analysis remains central to philosophy of language and linguistic semantics: the contributors are all major figures, the quality of the essays is quite high overall, and each essay addresses areas of current research. Gary Ostertag, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews While many of the nineteen chapters explore various consequences of Russell's approach, developing it in novel ways and defending it against various criticisms (some new, some of long standing), others explore alternative treatments. In addition, some essays consider the application of Russell's theory to phenomena Russell himself never addressed -- for example, so-called pronominal descriptions and anaphoric pronouns... the volume is well organized, the material is often exciting, and the editors have done an impressive job, in their section introductions, of summarizing the main points of the essays. Gary Ostertag, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews . . anyone interested in definite and indefinite descriptions, reference, quantification, pragmatics, anaphora, dynamic binding and descriptive names will want to have this book and devour as much of it as they can. If you're a philosopher of language, or working in linguistic semantics, or just someone who wants to get up to speed in these areas, that should mean you. Gary Ostertag, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Part I: Incomplete Descriptions 1: Francois Recanati: Descriptions and Situations 2: Ernie Lepore: An Abuse of Context in Semantics: The Case of Incomplete Definite Descriptions 3: Stephen Neale: This, That, and the Other Part II: The Referential/Attributive Distinction 4: Kent Bach: Descriptions: Points of Reference 5: Nathan Salmon: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 6: Geoffrey Nunberg: Descriptive Indexicals and Indexical Descriptions 7: Michael Devitt: The Case for Referential Descriptions Part III: Presupposition and Truth-Value Gaps 8: Kai von Fintel: Would you Believe It? The King of France is Back! (Presuppositions and Truth-Value Intuitions) 9: Jay Atlas: Descriptions, Linguistic Topic/Comment and Negative Existentials Part IV: Representation of Definites and Indefinites in Semantic Theory 10: Mark Sainsbury: Referring Descriptions 11: Joseph Almog: The Vernacular and the Omniscient Observer of History 12: Peter Ludlow and Gabriel Segal: On a Unitary Analysis for Definite and Indefinite Descriptions Part V: Anaphoric Pronouns and Descriptions, Indefinites and Dynamic Semantics/Syntax 13: Richard Breheny: Indefinites and Anaphoric Independence: A Case for Dynamic Semantics and Pragmatics? 14: Paul Dekker: Grounding Dynamic Semantics 15: Craige Roberts: Pronouns as Definites 16: Alice ter Meulen: Anaphoric Definite Descriptions 17: Ruth Kempson & Wilfried Meyer-Viol: Indefinites and Scope Choice Part VI: Names and Descriptions 18: Robin Jeshion: Descriptive Descriptive Names 19: Marga Reimer: Descriptively Introduced Names References Index

ISBN: 9780199270514
ISBN-10: 0199270511
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.5  x 4.2
Weight (kg): 1.12