Meaning and ontology

Ernest Lepore, Francis Jeffry Pelletier

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This paper is an investigation into the role of linguistics in philosophical theorizing. In particular, we will show how linguistic evidence can be adduced in support of an event approach to action verbs and their adverbial modifi ers: if we increase the adicity of verbs, if we allow there to be reference to events, if we treat adverbs like adjectives that modify events, if we allow prepositional phrases to be akin to adjectives, etc., then we can explain all sorts of inferential relations among sentences using these verbs, as well as our capacity to comprehend a potential infi nitude of well-formed meaningful non-synonymous sentences that employs these verbs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProspects for Meaning
PublisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH and Co. KG
Number of pages35
ISBN (Print)9783110196238
StatePublished - Jul 30 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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