It Is Raining (Somewhere)

Francois Georges Recanati

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The received view about meteorological predicates like 'rain' is that they carry an argument slot for a location which can be filled explicitly or implicitly. The view assumes that 'rain', in the absence of an explicit location, demands that the context provide a specific location. In an earlier article in this journal, I provided a counter-example, viz. a context in which 'it is raining' receives a location-indefinite interpretation. On the basis of that example, I argued that when there is tacit reference to a location, it takes place for pragmatic reasons and casts no light on the semantics of meteorological predicates. Since then, several authors have reanalysed the counter-example, so as to make it compatible with the standard view. I discuss those attempts and argue that my account is superior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-146
Number of pages24
JournalLinguistics and Philosophy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007


  • semantics/pragmatics interface
  • free enrichment
  • argument roles
  • meteorological predicates
  • events
  • locations
  • unarticulated constituents


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