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A pragmatic view of proper name reference

@inproceedings{Ridley2016APV,
  title={A pragmatic view of proper name reference},
  author={Peter James Ridley},
  year={2016}
}
I argue, in this thesis, that proper name reference is a wholly pragmatic phenomenon. The reference of a proper name is neither constitutive of, nor determined by, the semantic content of that name, but is determined, on an occasion of use, by pragmatic factors. The majority of views in the literature on proper name reference claim that reference is in some way determined by the semantics of the name, either because their reference simply constitutes their semantics (which generally requires a… Expand

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