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Title: Truth Ascriptions, Falsity Ascriptions, and the Paratactic Analysis of Indirect Discourse
Author(s): TSOHATZIDIS, Savas L.
Journal: Logique et Analyse
Volume: 232    Date: 2015   
Pages: 527-534
DOI: 10.2143/LEA.232.0.3144296

Abstract :
This paper argues that the obvious validity of certain inferences involving indirect speech reports as premises and truth or falsity ascriptions as conclusions is incompatible with Davidson’s so-called 'paratactic' analysis of the logical form of indirect discourse. Besides disqualifying that analysis, this problem is also claimed to indicate that the analysis is doubly in tension with Davidson’s metasemantic views. Specifically, it can be reconciled neither with one of Davidson’s key assumptions regarding the adequacy of the kind of semantic theory he recommends nor with one of his key assumptions regarding the inadequacy of a kind of semantic theory he rejects.

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