Presuppositional indexicals

dc.contributor.advisorSainsbury, R. M. (Richard Mark)en
dc.contributor.advisorBeaver, David I., 1966-en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBuchanan, Lawrence Rayen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDever, Joshen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBonevac, Danielen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKamp, Hansen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRecanati, Francoisen
dc.creatorHunter, Julie Joannaen
dc.date.accessioned2011-02-10T18:03:51Zen
dc.date.available2011-02-10T18:03:51Zen
dc.date.available2011-02-10T18:04:03Zen
dc.date.issued2010-12en
dc.date.submittedDecember 2010en
dc.date.updated2011-02-10T18:04:03Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractI present and defend an account of indexicals that treats indexicals as presuppositional expressions. I argue that the distinction between presupposed and asserted content can replace the more restrictive distinction between character and content that is characteristic of Kaplanian, two-dimensional views. My account, "Presuppositional Indexicals" (PI), is simpler than a two-dimensional account because it does not posit a special layer of meaning for indexicals that cannot interact with truth-conditional content. PI also has broader scope than two-dimensional theories. It opens the door to a general theory of definite noun phrases according to which all definites have two components to their meaning: an asserted component, which contributes new information to a discourse, and a presuppositional component, which determines where asserted information will be attached in a discourse. PI does not stipulate rigidity or referentiality for indexicals as many other theories do. Indexicals do receive a special semantic treatment in PI, but their special semantics are captured entirely in terms of a strategy that indexicals exhibit for the resolution of their presuppositions.en
dc.description.departmentPhilosophyen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2010-12-2300en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectIndexicalsen
dc.subjectPresuppositionen
dc.subjectKaplanen
dc.subjectDynamic semanticsen
dc.subjectSemanticsen
dc.subjectPresuppositional expressionsen
dc.titlePresuppositional indexicalsen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentPhilosophyen
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophyen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen

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