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A Game-Theoretical Approach to Anaphora

  • Jaakko Hintikka
  • Jack Kulas
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Part of the Synthese Language Library book series (SLAP, volume 26)

Abstract

Let us return to our main question. How, then, do anaphoric pronouns operate? How can they operate, if the grammatical relation of a pronoun to its antecedent is not relied on? An interesting alternative is suggested by our treatment of anaphoric the-phrases expounded in the second part of this book (cf., Hintikka and Kulas 1982, 1983, forthcoming; Kulas 1982). Instead of relying on the grammatical relation between an anaphoric the-phrase and its antecedent, that treatment relies on a contextually given set of entities, called /. Its members are not grammatical objects, but entities of the kind one’s language speaks of. This set is not determined by the definite-article phrase alone, nor is it determined in conjunction with the sentence S in question. It is not constant for all the the-phrases occurring in one and the same S. It consists essentially of those individuals (of the appropriate category) that have been picked out in the semantical game G(S) associated with S (or otherwise available to the players) at the time a rule is applied to the the-phrase in question in the game.

Keywords

Definite Description Winning Strategy Definite Article Existential Quantifier Game Rule 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaakko Hintikka
    • 1
  • Jack Kulas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyFlorida State UniversityUSA

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