Pritty Patel-Grosz & Hazel Pearson

Language & Logic

Week Two - 11.00-12.30 - Level: A

Room: N8

Abstract

This course demonstrates the importance of cross-linguistic and quantitative investigation for the analysis of attitude reports. We focus on so-called ‘de se’ attitudes, i.e. thoughts about the self that an attitude holder would typically express by using a first person pronoun (e.g. I, me, my). These are contrasted with so-called ‘de re’ attitudes about the attitude holder, which lack such self-awareness. As our starting point we evaluate the empirical claims in the literature and show how rigorous empirical investigation can inform current theoretical debates concerning de se attitudes. We focus on two core empirical domains, logophoric pronouns and anti-logophoric expressions (i.e. epithets) and explore the theoretical consequences of our findings.