Incomplete descriptions and indistinguishable participants

Natural Language Semantics 24 (1):1-43 (2016)
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Abstract

The implicit content associated with incomplete definite descriptions is contributed in the form of definite descriptions of situations. A definite description of this kind is contributed by a small structure in the syntax, which is interpreted, in general terms, as ‘the situation that bears R to s’.

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