Discusiones Filosóficas 17 (28):15 - 34 (2016)

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Andrei Moldovan
Universidad de Salamanca
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This paper focuses on what is known in the literature on the semantics and pragmatics of definite descriptions as “the argument from convention”. This argument purports to show that referential uses of definite descriptions are a semantic phenomenon. A key premise of the argument is that none of the pragmatic alternatives (any one of a variety of Gricean accounts of referential uses) is successful. I argue that no good reason is offered to support this claim. I conclude that the argument from convention fails to be compelling.
Keywords ambiguity  convention  definite descriptions
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