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Generic and Weak Demonstratives: The Realm of Kinds

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In this paper we present a unified analysis of generic and weak interpretations of definite (DEF) and demonstrative (DEM) descriptions. In such contexts, the DEF only denotes the kind, whereas the DEM cannot denote the maximal node of a taxonomy. We claim that this contrast can be explained if we transpose Wolter’s (2006) semantics to the domain of kinds, a domain of taxonomies. The paper presents this proposal, which is also an argument against the direct referential treatment of demonstratives.

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Basso, R. & Oliveira, R., (2015) “Generic and Weak Demonstratives: The Realm of Kinds”, Journal of Portuguese Linguistics 14(1), p.45-62. doi: https://doi.org/10.5334/jpl.57

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Renato Miguel Basso (Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Rua Padre Teixeira, 1370, ap. 113, São Carlos – SP, CEP 13561-050 Brazil)
Roberta Pires de Oliveira (Universidade Federal do Paraná/CNPq, Rua Itapiranga, 200, bloco 2, apto 202, Itacorubi CEP:88034-480. Florianópolis, SC. Brazil)

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