Linguistics and English Language

Meaning and grammar seminar

Speaker: Elliot Murphy (University of Texas)

Title: Internalist Investigations of Representation and Reference: Copredication as a Case Study

Abstract: I report a series of experiments tapping into the acceptability dynamics of a complex form of polysemy termed 'copredication'. What many have traditionally assumed are interpretive/type-theoretic constraints on copredications are, I argue, rather reflections of online parsing biases and pragmatic constraints. I will then use copredication to develop some related claims that have been developed elsewhere by Noam Chomsky, Paul Pietroski and John Collins: that this curious phenomenon may force semanticists to accommodate substantial revisions to current models of reference. I will argue that many 'internalist' arguments in philosophy of language are ultimately grounded in forms of copredication and representational constraints on forming complex polysemous lexical entries with multiple senses.

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Nov 02 2021 -

Meaning and grammar seminar

2021-11-02: Internalist Investigations of Representation and Reference: Copredication as a Case Study

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