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Fictional Tellers : A Radical Fictionalist Semantics for Fictional Discourse

In: Organon F, vol. 28, no. 1
Stefano Predelli

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Year, pages: 2021, 76 - 106
Language: eng
Keywords:
Fiction; fictional names; narrative; proper names; seman- tics.
Article type: Research Article
About article:
This essay proposes a dissolution of the so-called ‘semantic problem of fictional names’ by arguing that fictional names are only fictionally proper names. The ensuing idea that fictional texts do not encode propositional content is accompanied by an explanation of the contentful effects of fiction grounded on the idea of impartation. After some preliminaries about (referring and empty) genuine proper names, this essay explains how a fiction’s content may be conveyed by virtue of the fictional impartations provided by a fictional teller. This idea is in turn developed with respect to homodiegetic narratives such as Doyle’s Holmes stories and to heterodiegetic narratives such as Jane Austen’s Emma. The last parts of the essay apply this apparatus to cases of so-called ‘talk about fiction’, as in our commentaries about those stories and that novel.
How to cite:
ISO 690:
Predelli, S. 2021. Fictional Tellers : A Radical Fictionalist Semantics for Fictional Discourse. In Organon F, vol. 28, no.1, pp. 76-106. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28105

APA:
Predelli, S. (2021). Fictional Tellers : A Radical Fictionalist Semantics for Fictional Discourse. Organon F, 28(1), 76-106. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28105
About edition:
Publisher: Filozofický ústav SAV, Filosofický ústav AVČR
Published: 28. 1. 2021
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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Public License (CC BY-NC 4.0)