Single Idea 10001

[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / F. Referring in Logic / 1. Naming / d. Singular terms]

Full Idea

The semantic value of a determiner (an adjective) is a function from semantic values to nouns to semantic values of full noun phrases.

Gist of Idea

An adjective contributes semantically to a noun phrase


Thomas Hofweber (Number Determiners, Numbers, Arithmetic [2005], 3.1)

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophical Review 114' [Phil Review 2005], p.187

A Reaction

This kind of states the obvious (assuming one has a compositional view of sentences), but his point is that you can't just eliminate adjectival uses of numbers by analysing them away, as if they didn't do anything.