Reference in Formal Semantics and Natural Language: A Methodological Route

Francesca Boccuni


In this paper, I will tackle the notion of reference of singular terms in the light of a classic analytic divide, i.e. whether its analysis, like the analysis of other basic notions, should be carried out in natural language or in the semantics of formal frameworks. I will incline toward the latter strategy, and consider reference in classical first-order logic as the simplest framework in which to investigate reference.


reference; arbitrariness; formal languages; natural language; formal semantics

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