Expressions, Sentences, Propositions
Author: Collins, J.
Source: Erkenntnis, Volume 59, Number 2, September 2003 , pp. 233-262(30)
The paper articulates and defends the view that paired structures of mentally `represented' phonological and semantic features should, for all theoretical purposes, replace the notions of proposition and sentence. Following Chomsky, I refer to such pairs as expressions (EXP). In the first part, I elaborate the notion of an EXP and contrast it with that of sentence/proposition. The paper's second part questions a range of considerations which putatively show that propositions are fundamental to our understanding of meaning and cognitive attitudes. I argue that while these considerations are effective against the theoretical worth of sentences, as usually understood, they may be accommodated by the EXP-conception or otherwise eschewed.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Philosophy, SOC University of East Anglia (Norwich) Norwich, NR4 7TJ U.K.
Publication date: September 1, 2003