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Simple sentences, substitutions, and mistaken evaluations\ud

By D. Braun and J.M. Saul

Abstract

Many competent speakers initially judge that (i) is true and (ii) is false, though\ud they know that (iii) is true.\ud (i) Superman leaps more tall buildings than Clark Kent.\ud (ii) Superman leaps more tall buildings than Superman.\ud (iii) Superman is identical with Clark Kent.\ud Semantic explanations of these intuitions say that (i) and (ii) really can differ in truthvalue.\ud Pragmatic explanations deny this, and say that the intuitions are due to misleading\ud implicatures. This paper argues that both explanations are incorrect. (i) and (ii) cannot\ud differ in truth-value, yet the intuitions are not due to implicatures, but rather to mistakes\ud in evaluating (i) and (ii)

Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Year: 2002
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:579

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