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The ontology of words : realism, nominalism, and eliminativism.

Miller, J. T. M. (2020) 'The ontology of words : realism, nominalism, and eliminativism.', Philosophy compass., 15 (7). e12691.


What are words? What makes two token words tokens of the same word‐type? Are words abstract entities, or are they (merely) collections of tokens? The ontology of words tries to provide answers to these, and related questions. This article provides an overview of some of the most prominent views proposed in the literature, with a particular focus on the debate between type‐realist, nominalist, and eliminativist ontologies of words.

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Date accepted:31 May 2020
Date deposited:31 July 2020
Date of first online publication:30 July 2020
Date first made open access:31 July 2020

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