Call Me Ishmael

  • Ora Matushansky

Abstract

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.
Published
2019-08-19
How to Cite
Matushansky, O. (2019). Call Me Ishmael. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 9, 226-240. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2005.v9i0.730