Call Me Ishmael

  • Ora Matushansky


A careful study of naming constructions is essential for the understanding of the syntax and semantics of proper names. Cross-linguistic analysis of verbs of naming shows that they take a small clause complement and therefore argues that a proper name is essentially a nominal predicate, whose contents mentions the name itself. The indexicality of proper names in argument positions can be compositionally derived from their independently motivated internal complexity.
How to Cite
Matushansky, O. (2019). Call Me Ishmael. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 9, 226-240.