MoL-2001-05: Intentional Identity and the Edelberg Asymmetry

MoL-2001-05: Paulékaité, Rasa Leijting - (2001) Intentional Identity and the Edelberg Asymmetry. [Report]

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This thesis is about the Edelberg asymmetry, the phenomenon that shows up in sentences containing attitude ascriptions. It concentrates on explaining anaphoric relations in asymmetric conjunctions and the possibility of interpreting a sentence, which is false, under certain circumstances as true. On the rather strong semantic assumption that our thinking has a certain logical structure, in the analysis of complex sentences we permit commutation. However, this affects the interpretation of sentences in particular contexts. By noticing the importance of the role that a context plays in a sentence"s interpretation, we suppose that Edelberg"s asymmetry should be accounted for not only in semantic terms like Edelberg and van Rooy suggest, but also in pragmatic terms. We explain anaphoric relations in asymmetric conjunctions by using a more pragmatic notion of interpretation instead of a more autonomous semantic notion of content, a context, and an extended E-type approach. The extended E-type approach suggests that the way in which the speaker conceives of an intended individual in an asymmetric conjunction is indicated by the information material of the first attitude attribution, and sometimes by an immediately preceding context. A pragmatic account of asymmetric conjunctions suits well with the idea of overriding contexts, and it helps to explain how an intuitively false sentence in a certain context can be taken to be true. Our approach to the Edelberg asymmetry and the truth- falsity puzzle of asymmetric conjunctions suggests that in the analysis of natural language sentences the notion of context, in the process of a sentence"s evaluation, deserves more attention than it receives in Edelberg"s and van Rooy"s theories.

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: MoL-2001-05
Series Name: Master of Logic Thesis (MoL) Series
Year: 2001
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 14:38
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 14:38

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