•  11
    Reference and Knowledge of Reference
    The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication 5. 2009.
    This paper addresses two issues: Does linguistic competence with respect to a given sentence S whose meaning is that p strictly require knowledge that S means that p? Of what kind is the entity which is the subject matter of the propositions embedded in the knowledge-that attributions constituting attributions of linguistic competence? These two issues are addressed in connection to some classical problems raised by names and direct reference theory. It will be argued that in order to be linguis…Read more
  •  55
    Singular truth-conditions without singular propositions
    Synthese 195 (6): 2741-2760. 2018.
    In this paper I argue that propositionalism is what generates a tension between referentialism and harmony. Harmony can be preserved if we replace propositionalism by centred referentialism, according to which referential thoughts and utterances about an object have descriptive contents that must be evaluated relative to a world centred on that object at the relevant time. By disentangling truth-conditions and contents, this move allows us to dissolve the tension between referentialism and descr…Read more
  • Introduction
    with Philippe De Brabanter, Mikhail Kissine, and Daniela Rossi
    In Gregory Bochner, Philippe De Brabanter, Mikhail Kissine & Daniela Rossi (eds.), Cognitive and Empirical Pragmatics : Issues and Perspectives, Belgian Journal of Linguistics 25. 2011.
  •  123
    The anti-individualist revolution in the philosophy of language
    Linguistics and Philosophy 37 (2): 91-120. 2014.
    The canonical arguments against the description theory of names are usually taken to have established that the reference of a name as used on a given occasion is not semantically determined by the qualitative descriptions that the speaker may have in mind. The deepest moral of these arguments, on the received view, would be that the speaker’s narrow mental states play no semantic role in fixing reference. My central aim in this paper is to challenge this common understanding by highlighting that…Read more
  •  4
    Perry on Reference and Reflexive Contents
    Language and Linguistics Compass 4 (4). 2010.
  • Cognitive and Empirical Pragmatics : Issues and Perspectives (edited book)
    with Philippe De Brabanter, Mikhail Kissine, and Daniela Rossi
    Belgian Journal of Linguistics 25. 2011.
  •  99
    The Metasyntactic Interpretation of Two-Dimensionalism
    Philosophical Studies 163 (3): 611-626. 2013.
    Robert Stalnaker contrasts two interpretations, semantic and metasemantic, of the two-dimensionalist framework. On the semantic interpretation, the primary intension or diagonal proposition associated with an utterance is a semantic value that the utterance has in virtue of the actual linguistic meaning of the corresponding sentence, and that primary intension is both what a competent speaker grasps and what determines different secondary intensions or horizontal propositions relative to differe…Read more
  •  54
    Reference and Knowledge of Reference
    The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication 5 3
    This paper addresses two issues: Does linguistic competence with respect to a given sentence S whose meaning is that p strictly require knowledge that S means that p? Of what kind is the entity which is the subject matter of the propositions embedded in the knowledge-that attributions constituting attributions of linguistic competence? These two issues are addressed in connection to some classical problems raised by names and direct reference theory. It will be argued that in order to be linguis…Read more
  •  2
    Review of Bianchi, A. (ed.), On Reference. (review)
    Notre-Dame Philosophical Reviews. 2015.