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LINGUIST List 17.3589

Tue Dec 05 2006

Diss: Philosophy of Lang/Semantics: Maier: 'Belief in Context: Towa...'

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        1.    Emar Maier, Belief in Context: Towards a unified semantics of de re and de se attitude reports


Message 1: Belief in Context: Towards a unified semantics of de re and de se attitude reports
Date: 03-Dec-2006
From: Emar Maier <emar.maiergmail.com>
Subject: Belief in Context: Towards a unified semantics of de re and de se attitude reports


Institution: Radboud University Nijmegen
Program: Department of Philosophy
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2006

Author: Emar Maier

Dissertation Title: Belief in Context: Towards a unified semantics of de re and de se attitude reports

Dissertation URL: http://www.ru.nl/ncs/~emar/diss/

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language
                            Pragmatics
                            Semantics

Dissertation Director:
Bart Geurts
Rob van der Sandt

Dissertation Abstract:

This thesis deals with the phenomenon of attitude reporting. More
specifically, it provides a unified semantics of de re and de se belief
reports. After arguing that de se belief is best thought of as a special
case of de re belief, I examine whether we can extend this unification to
the realm of belief reports. I show how, despite very promising first
steps, previous attempts in this direction ultimately fail with respect to
some relatively recent linguistic data involving quantified and infinitival
reports, logophoric constructions, and monstrously shifted indexicals.
Formalizing my idea of a contextual resolution of acquaintance relations in
a dynamic framework, I arrive at an alternative analysis that handles all
these data.



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