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A bundle theory of words.

Miller, J. T. M. (2021) 'A bundle theory of words.', Synthese., 198 . pp. 5731-5748.

Abstract

It has been a common assumption that words are substances that instantiate or have properties. In this paper, I question the assumption that our ontology of words requires posting substances by outlining a bundle theory of words, wherein words are bundles of various sorts of properties (such as semantic, phonetic, orthographic, and grammatical properties). I argue that this view can better account for certain phenomena than substance theories, is ontologically more parsimonious, and coheres with claims in linguistics.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-019-02430-3
Publisher statement:This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Date accepted:04 October 2019
Date deposited:29 July 2020
Date of first online publication:17 October 2019
Date first made open access:29 July 2020

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