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It is raining (somewhere)

François Recanati
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The received view about meteorological predicates like ‘rain' is that they comport an argument slot for a location which can be filled explicitly or implicitly. The view assumes that ‘rain', in the absence of an explicit location, demands that the context provide a specific location. In an earlier article, I have provided a counter-example to that claim, viz. a context in which ‘it is raining' receives a location-indefinite interpretation. On the basis of that example, I have argued that when there is tacit reference to a location, it takes place for pragmatic reasons and casts no light on the semantics of meteorological predicates. But several authors have reanalysed the counter-example, so as to make it compatible with the standard view. I discuss those attempts, and show that none of them is tenable.
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ijn_00000598 , version 1 (19-03-2005)


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François Recanati. It is raining (somewhere). 2005. ⟨ijn_00000598⟩
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