Meaning and Description

  • Gaetano Fiorin
  • Denis Delfitto
Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 25)


In this chapter, we present a compositional analysis, in the framework of Montague grammar, of the meaning of the definite article and the noun phrases of which it is part—definite descriptions. The definite article is here analyzed as expressing a relation of quantification between two sets that identifies a single object. On the basis of this analysis we discuss differences and similarities between proper names and definite descriptions.


Montague grammar Functional application Determiners Quantifiers Definite descriptions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gaetano Fiorin
    • 1
  • Denis Delfitto
    • 2
  1. 1.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of VeronaVeronaItaly

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