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According to contemporary Millianism the semantic content of an ordinary proper name is simply its referent. In his recent book Beyond rigidity Scott Soames elaborated a new version of millianism. He claimed that some linguistically complex names such as Professor Saul Kripke or Princeton University have partially descriptive semantic content. In addition to their unique referents, these names are always associated with a special kind of description. I argue in this paper that Soames's theory of partially descriptive names fails, because descriptive contents can be found only in the background knowledge of competent speakers.

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: Princeton University Press . Culpeper , Jonathan and Dániel Z. Kádár (eds.) 2010 . Historical (Im)Politeness . Berne : Peter Lang

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Silk Road . A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present . Princeton And Oxford : Princeton University Press . Benkato , Adam 2018 . Studies on the Sogdian Epistolary Tradition . [Berliner Turfantexte 41] Turnhout : Brepols

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& London : University of California Press . Brokaw , Cynthia J . 1991 . The Ledgers of Merit and Demerit. Social Change and Moral Order in Late Imperial China . Princeton : Princeton University Press . Burton-Rose , Daniel 2020 . ‘ Establishing a

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Music from Asia Minor, ed. by Benjamin SUCHOFF, afterword by Reinhard KURT (Princeton etc.: Princeton University Press, 1976). See also A. Adnan SAYGUN, Béla Bartók’s Folk Music Research in Turkey , ed. by László VIKÁR (Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1976

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Ethnobiological classification: Principles of categorization of plants and animals in traditional societies . Princeton : Princeton University Press . Brown , Cecil H . 1979 Folk Zoological Life-Forms: Their Universality and Growth. American Anthropologist

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, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1995), 155-156. 15 See Bartók’s letter to his wife, 5 September 1918, Bartók Béla családi levelei [Béla Bartók family letters], ed. by Béla BARTÓK, Jr. (Budapest: Zeneműkiadó, 1981), 282. The early stages of composition

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. Polya, George 1948. How to solve it. Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ. How to solve it Polya, George 1954. Patterns of plausible

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Konopasky, Abigail 2002. A syntacto-morphological analysis of dependent heads in Slavic. Doctoral dissertation, Princeton University. A syntacto-morphological analysis of dependent heads in Slavic

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. Lingua 119 . 1883 – 1908 . Harman , Gilbert . 1973 . Thought . Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press . Heim , Irene . 1992 . Presupposition projection and the semantics of attitude verbs . Journal of Semantics 9 . 183 – 221

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