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Harnish, Robert M. 1984. Communicative reference: An inferential model. Conceptus 18 (44) : 20–41.
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On the nature of the inference principles required for reference to be communicated from speaker to hearer. The theory is worked out for indexicals and definite descriptions, and is integrated with a theory of gesturing; it is extended to non-literal and indirect cases of reference, and connections with issues such as 'referential and attributive', 'proper names' and 'anaphora' are noted.