Realism and Definiteness

  • Henk Zeevat
Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 39)


This paper is concerned with the consequences of the familiarity theory of definiteness for the foundations of natural language semantics. What I will in particular explore is the question whether it is possible to interpret the claims in the familiarity theory of definiteness within a strictly realist framework or whether it forces a psychological interpretation. My claim will be that it forces such an interpretation, though I do not wish to claim that there are no possibilities that could be fruitfully pursued within a more realist framework.


Real Object External Object Definite Description Computational Linguistics Common Noun 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henk Zeevat
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  1. 1.University of StuttgartUSA

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