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    Singular thoughts and singular propositions
    Philosophical Studies 154 (2). 2011.
    A singular thought about an object o is one that is directly about o in a characteristic way—grasp of that thought requires having some special epistemic relation to the object o, and the thought is ontologically dependent on o. One account of the nature of singular thought exploits a Russellian Structured Account of Propositions, according to which contents are represented by means of structured n-tuples of objects, properties, and functions. A proposition is singular, according to this framewo…Read more
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    Coordination, Triangulation, and Language Use
    Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 59 (1): 80-112. 2016.
    In this paper, I explore two contrasting conceptions of the social character of language. The first takes language to be grounded in social convention. The second, famously developed by Donald Davidson, takes language to be grounded in a social relation called triangulation. I aim both to clarify and to evaluate these two conceptions of language. First, I propose that Davidson’s triangulation-based story can be understood as the result of relaxing core features of conventionalism pertaining to b…Read more
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    The problem of lexical innovation
    Linguistics and Philosophy 39 (2): 87-118. 2016.
    In a series of papers, Donald Davidson :3–17, 1984, The philosophical grounds of rationality, 1986, Midwest Stud Philos 16:1–12, 1991) developed a powerful argument against the claim that linguistic conventions provide any explanatory purchase on an account of linguistic meaning and communication. This argument, as I shall develop it, turns on cases of what I call lexical innovation: cases in which a speaker uses a sentence containing a novel expression-meaning pair, but nevertheless successfull…Read more
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    Provincialism in Pragmatics
    Philosophical Perspectives 32 (1): 5-40. 2018.
    Philosophical Perspectives, EarlyView.
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    On Expression Identity: A critical notice of Robert Fiengo and Robert May, De Lingua Belief
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 18 (4): 569-579. 2010.
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