ERIC Number: ED183006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Attributive and Referential Uses of Basic Syntactic Constituents. Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 4, Number 1.
Donnellan's distinction between attributive and referential uses of definite descriptions is extended to include Lewis' basic categories. The distinction as applied to sentences is brought out by investigating the consequences of the failure of presupposed sentences. Stalnaker uses Donnellan's distinction to support his theory of creating an intensional level between those of interpreted sentences and extensions. This intensional level consists of functions taking only possible words as input and giving the extension as output. Therefore, by extending Donnellan's distinction more support is given to Stalnaker. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Dept. of Linguistics.