Katherine and the Katherine: On the syntactic distribution of names and count nouns

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Published 06-11-2018
Robin Jeshion

Abstract

Names are referring expressions and interact with the determiner system only exceptionally, in stark contrast with count nouns. The-predicativists like Sloat, Matushansky, and Fara claim otherwise, maintaining that syntactic data offers indicates that names belong to a special syntactic category which differs from common count nouns only in how they interact with 'the'.  I argue that the-predicativists have incorrectly discerned the syntactic facts. They have bypassed a large range of important syntactic data and misconstrued a critical data point on which they ground the-predicativism. The right data offers new compelling syntactic grounds for referentialism.

How to Cite

Jeshion, R. (2018). Katherine and the Katherine: On the syntactic distribution of names and count nouns. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 33(3), 473–508. https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.19588
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Keywords

names, nouns, syntax, predicativism, reference

Section
MONOGRAPHIC SECTION