Abandoning Coreference

Ken Safir

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter argues that if intended coreference involves picking out the same referent, the same extension in the world of discourse, then it does not describe the class of coconstruals that existing theories of (intended) coreference address, or that they should address. It contends that there exist dependent identity readings which are not coreference readings. The chapter makes the case against the usefulness of both intended reference, and hence intended coreference, with minimal appeal to technical notions in linguistics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThought, Reference, and Experience
Subtitle of host publicationThemes from the Philosophy of Gareth Evans
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191719387
ISBN (Print)9780199248964
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Dependent reference
  • Enforced coreference
  • Gareth Evans
  • Pragmatic coreference


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