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Seminar 3: A Recap

The training for the research project concluded with last week’s seminar.  Now that we’re all reasonably familiar with Dudman’s thoughts about English, it’s time to start looking at other languages.  This phase will be exploratory rather than exhaustive, for the … Continue reading

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Seminar 2: A Recap

Thanks again to those who came to our second seminar last week.  If you are coming to our third seminar on Tuesday, we would appreciate it if you could refresh your memory (or catch up) in advance by reading a … Continue reading

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Most Australians … volunteer

(continued from: Most Australians … gamble) Indeed they do.  And we have much reason to be grateful.  I have visited the memorial at Hamel, where Australian troops turned back the German offensive of Spring and Summer 1918.  At great cost.  … Continue reading

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Most Australians … gamble

(continued from: Most Australians) Indeed they do.  Gambling losses in Australia are now running at some $20 billion per annum.  Combine that thought with a reflection upon the average Australian’s devotion to high culture, and you begin to see why sentences … Continue reading

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Most Australians

In Seminar 2 we opined that there is a difference, which we think our theory explains, between the natural interpretation of Most Australians won’t know the ODI result and  the natural interpretation of Most Australians wouldn’t know the ODI result. … Continue reading

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Seminar 1: A Recap

Thanks to everyone who came to our first seminar last week, whether as an active participant, an interested spectator, or something in between.  If you are coming to our second seminar on Tuesday, we would appreciate it if you could … Continue reading

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The Religious Maniac and Future Fact

Agent Comboni has another potential hand-grenade for the No-Future-Fact doctrine. Imagine, she says, a religious maniac, who has persuaded himself of both of the following: He has had a revelation that God intends to end the world on Burns Night … Continue reading

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Arithmetic and Future Fact

We are committed to the thesis that English has no way of encoding claims of future fact, because all English messages concerning future time are judgements (that is, tensed verdicts), and verdicts do not have truth-values and so cannot possibly … Continue reading

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‘Will’ and Later Discovery

Agent tardigrade has proposed a most cunning idea to rescue the doctrine that English ‘will‘ encodes for future time. We are grateful to have our attention thus drawn to the matter: the idea is well worth thinking through. Here it … Continue reading

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The Chinese all look the same

I doubt it. The Chinese have no difficulty in recognising other Chinese. But perhaps it is true that they all sound the same. For Agent Gombrich reminds us that Chinese speakers are often bedevilled by homophony. Chinese is so full … Continue reading

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