The linguistic basis of propositions

Abstract

Propositions are traditionally regarded as performing vital roles in theories of natural language, logic, and cognition. This chapter offers an opinionated survey of recent literature to assess whether they are still needed to perform three linguistic roles: be the meaning of a declarative sentence in a context, be what is designated by certain linguistic expressions, and be the content of illocutionary acts. After considering many of the relevant choice-points, I suggest that there remains a linguistic basis for propositions, but not for some of the traditional reasons.

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Routledge Handbook of Propositions
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Peter van Elswyk
Assistant Professor of Philosophy