One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to the form of an assertion or expression itself, rather than any property of a thing it refers to.Compare with de re
- ‘And in doing so, he ran afoul of at least three kinds of ambiguity so common that they have conventional names: de re vs. de dicto, attributive vs. referential, and specific vs. generic.’
- ‘By contrast, the de dicto account corresponds to a purely linguistic notion of vagueness.’
- ‘Clarke pointed out that the argument was guilty of confusing de dicto and de re necessity.’
- ‘Despite his understanding of the de re / de dicto distinction, Abelard came to a more troubled end than Eason Jordan did.’
- ‘As mentioned there, these sentences also appear to have readings on which they attribute general or de dicto beliefs to the women in question.’
Latin, ‘from what is said’.
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