The Semantics and Philosophy of Language Workshop is pleased to welcome Aidan Gray (Chicago, grad student) for the final workshop talk of the year.
‘Proper Names and the Lexicon’
DATE: Friday, June 3, 2011
TIME: 11:00am-1:00 pm
PLACE: Cobb 102
ABSTRACT: There is a persistent, if somewhat obscure, idea in the philosophical literature that the idea of translation does not apply straightforwardly to proper names. I try to work out in what sense, if any, this might be true. I argue that seeing the sense in which proper names do resist translation should make us question orthodox assumptions about the relation between form and meaning in proper names. This suggests a radical revision of our conception of the place of proper names in the lexicon.