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Extension, Intension, Character, and Beyond

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language

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David Braun

Print publication date: February 2012
Online publication date: May 2013

This article explains some of the technical terms commonly used in semantic theory. One such term is extension. The notion of an extension is a genera    Read more...
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Context-Sensitivity

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language

Authored by
Tom Donaldson

Print publication date: February 2012
Online publication date: May 2013

We begin with a puzzle. Consider the following two utterances: (1) I'm Spartacus! [Said by Spartacus]    Read more...
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Relativism

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language

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John MacFarlane

Print publication date: February 2012
Online publication date: May 2013

Relativism, in the sense at issue here, is the view that some assertions or beliefs can be characterized as accurate, or objectively correct, only rel    Read more...
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Vagueness

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language

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J. Robert G. Williams

Print publication date: February 2012
Online publication date: May 2013

Taking away grains from a heap of rice, at what point is there no longer a heap? It seems small changes—removing a single grain—can't make a differenc    Read more...
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Empty Names

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language

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Sarah Sawyer

Print publication date: February 2012
Online publication date: May 2013

An empty name is a name that fails to name an individual—a name that fails to refer. Fiction, myth, and false theory provide plausible examples. Thus,    Read more...
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Relevance Theory

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language

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Robyn Carston

Print publication date: February 2012
Online publication date: May 2013

Relevance theory (RT) is best known for its account of verbal communication and comprehension, but it also sets out a general picture of the principle    Read more...
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Truth and Reference in Fiction

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language

Authored by
Stavroula Glezakos

Print publication date: February 2012
Online publication date: May 2013

Fiction is often characterized by way of a contrast with truth, as, for example, in the familiar couplet “Truth is always strange/Stranger than fictio    Read more...
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Reference

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language

Authored by
Teresa Robertson

Print publication date: February 2012
Online publication date: May 2013

Reference may be the most basic of all semantic relations. It is the relation that an expression (in a particular context) bears to the thing (or thin    Read more...
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Theories of Truth

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language

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Matti Eklund

Print publication date: February 2012
Online publication date: May 2013

Questions about truth are central to several different parts of philosophy. In what follows I will summarize central parts of the debates over truth i    Read more...
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Propositions

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language

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Scott Soames

Print publication date: February 2012
Online publication date: May 2013

Propositions are traditionally taken to be entities that satisfy A1–A3.    Read more...
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