Mind and Language 36 (2):189-220 (2021)

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Ethan Nowak
Umeå University
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Recently, philosophers have offered compelling reasons to think that demonstratives are best represented as variables, sensitive not to the context of utterance, but to a variable assignment. Variablists typically explain familiar intuitions about demonstratives—intuitions that suggest that what is said by way of a demonstrative sentence varies systematically over contexts—by claiming that contexts initialize a particular assignment of values to variables. I argue that we do not need to link context and the assignment parameter in this way, and that we would do better not to.
Keywords Demonstratives  Variables  Assertoric content  Semantics  Pragmatics
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DOI 10.1111/mila.12273
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