Feature-placing Sentences and the Canonical Scheme

Xiaoqiang Han


Feature-placing sentences are often confused with the general sentences in
the canonical predicate calculus. The confusion is largely caused by their
perceived commonality that both lack the subject-predicate form. In this
paper, I offer some clarification of the fundamental differences between the
two: the general sentences of the canonical predicate calculus contain
predicates and variables which take individual objects as their values, and
it is the sense of predication implied by the existence of predicates in
these general sentences that is completely absent in feature-placing

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