A Preference Semantics for Imperatives ∗

  title={A Preference Semantics for Imperatives ∗},
  author={William B. Starr},
There is a rich canon of work on the meaning of imperative sentences, e.g. Dance!, in philosophy and much recent research in linguistics has made its own exciting advances. However, I argue here that three kinds of observations about imperatives are problematic for approaches from both traditions. I contend that these shortcomings stem from an entirely standard assumption of these semantic theories: a symbol’s meaning is the content it ‘refers to’ or ‘denotes’, e.g. a particular entity, a… CONTINUE READING


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