Notes on reference

Jan Woleński



This paper proposes a vocabulary for speaking on reference. The main idea is that we should sharply distinguish reference and designation. The former is esentially a pragmatic (intentional) relation between the user of a referential expression, whereas the latter is semantic in character. This distinction enables us to distinguish several cases of referring, including situations in which reference is incorrect. Reference also has some modal properties.

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Jan Woleński, “Reference and designation”, Grammar, a special issue “Logical Methods in Language Theory”, W. Buszkowski and V. Sanchez (eds.).

ISSN: 1425-3305 (print version)

ISSN: 2300-9802 (electronic version)

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