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Argument deletion, thematic roles, and Leibniz's logico-grammatical analysis of relations

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Abstract:

I present a formal framework historically faithful to Leibniz's analysis of relational sentences, which: (i) engrafts thematic roles and the non-truth-functional connective insofar as (quatenus) into the monadic fragment of first-order logic; (ii) suggests a plausible ontological picture of thematic roles and relational facts; (iii) supports argument deletion and related inferential patterns that are not taken into account by standard first-order logic.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01445340050064040

Affiliations: Dipartimento di Filosofia e Scienze Umane, Universita di Macerata, via Garibaldi, 20, I-62100 Macerata, Italy

Publication date: 2000-06-01

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