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Fictional Names: Reference, Definiteness and Ontology

In: Organon F, vol. 28, no. 1
Mark Sainsbury


Year, pages: 2021, 44 - 59
Language: eng
Fiction, discourse representation theory, ontology.
Article type: Research Article
About article:
Definite linguistic expressions, for example proper names and singular and plural pronouns, are easy to introduce. Indefinite expressions may pave the way, but are not essential. It is also not essential that there be entities to which the successfully introduced definites refer. This is the underlying fact that makes fiction possible, and it gives guidance about fictional names: we have no need in general to suppose that there exist entities to which they refer.
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Sainsbury, M. 2021. Fictional Names: Reference, Definiteness and Ontology. In Organon F, vol. 28, no.1, pp. 44-59. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28103

Sainsbury, M. (2021). Fictional Names: Reference, Definiteness and Ontology. Organon F, 28(1), 44-59. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28103
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Publisher: Filozofický ústav SAV, Filosofický ústav AVČR
Published: 28. 1. 2021
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