The referential-attributive distinction: A cognitive account

@inproceedings{Powell2001TheRD,
  title={The referential-attributive distinction: A cognitive account},
  author={George Powell},
  year={2001}
}
In this paper my aim is to approach the referential–attributive distinction in the interpretation of definite descriptions, originally discussed by Donnellan (1966), from a cognitive perspective grounded in Sperber and Wilson’s Relevance Theory (Sperber and Wilson 1986/95). In particular, I argue that definite descriptions encode a procedural semantics, in the sense of Blakemore (1987), which is neutral as between referential and attributive readings (among others). On this account, the… CONTINUE READING

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