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Katherine and the Katherine: On the syntactic distribution of names and count nouns

Jeshion, Robin (2018) Katherine and the Katherine: On the syntactic distribution of names and count nouns. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 33 (3). pp. 473-508. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

Names are referring expressions and interact with the determiner system only exceptionally, in stark contrast with count nouns. The-predicativists like Sloat, Matushansky, and Fara claim otherwise, maintaining that syntactic data offers indicates that names belong to a special syntactic category which differs from common count nouns only in how they interact with ‘the’. I argue that the-predicativists have incorrectly discerned the syntactic facts. They have bypassed a large range of important syntactic data and misconstrued a critical data point on which they ground the-predicativism. The right data offers new compelling syntactic grounds for referentialism.


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Jeshion, Robinjeshion@usc.edu
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: names, nouns, syntax, predicativism, reference
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2018 20:15
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2018 20:15
Item ID: 15445
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vascou
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.19588
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Date: September 2018
Page Range: pp. 473-508
Volume: 33
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15445

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