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Wed Jun 03 2015

Books: Truth without Predication: Szekely

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Date: 29-May-2015
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Subject: Truth without Predication: Szekely
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Title: Truth without Predication
Subtitle: The Role of Placing in the Existential There-Sentence
Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition
Published: 2015
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Author: Rachel Szekely
Hardback: ISBN: 9781137483287 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 58.00

Truth without Predication contains an original analysis of the existential there-sentence from a philosophical-linguistic perspective. At its core is the claim that there-sentences' form is distinct from that of ordinary subject–predicate sentences, and that this fundamental difference explains the construction's unusual grammatical and discourse properties. Taking as a point of departure a suggestion made in Strawson's Individuals, this book explores the idea that it is possible to say something true by correctly 'placing' a 'feature', but without involving predication as normally understood.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (eng)

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