Functional Anaphora

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Our aim in this paper is to provide a referential account of functional anaphora within a Skolem functions framework. We will give an interpretation of indefinite NPs as Skolem terms in order to show that the referential link established between an anaphoric pronoun and its antecedent is a descriptive one. Then we will argue that functional anaphora can be understood as a particular kind of E-type pronouns, in the sense that, for a large corpus, the pronoun can be replaced by a descriptive expression of a first-order language.It will next be shown that the functional framework can be fruitfully applied to other kinds of sentences involving pronominal anaphora,especially in modal contexts.


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  • Philosophy
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDialogues, Logics and Other Strange Things, Essays in Honour of Shahid Rahman
EditorsDégremont Cédric, Keiff Laurent, Rückert Helge
PublisherCollege Publications
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Publication categoryResearch