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Utterance, Interpretation and the Logic of Indexicals

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I argue that some utterances of sentences containing occurrences of indexical expressions should not be evaluated with respect to the context of utterance. I suggest that we distinguish between context of utterance and context of interpret-ation, and I employ this distinction in the analysis of recorded messages and other interesting linguistic phenomena. I then discuss the implications of my views on contexts with respect to the logic of indexicals. Against the traditional view, I argue that

sentences such as ‘I am here now’ or ‘something exists’ should not be treated as logical truths.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, University of Oslo

Publication date: 1998-09-01

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