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ProtoSociology

Volume 17, 2002

Semantic Theory and Reported Speech

Steven Gross
Pages 153-168
DOI: 10.5840/protosociology2002179

Vagueness, Indirect Speech Reports, and the World

Can all truths be stated in precise language? Not if true indirect speech reports of assertions entered using vague language must themselves use vague language. Sententialism – the view that an indirect speech report is true if and only if the report’s complement clause “same-says” the sentence the original speaker uttered – provides two ways of resisting this claim: first, by allowing that precise language can “same-say” vague language; second, by implying that expressions occurring in an indirect speech report’s complement clause are not used. I reject the first line of resistance, but argue that the second is successful if one accepts sententialism.

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