Who was thinking that Yacht was larger than it is?

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Transliteration of original Title: 
Kto imenno dumal, chto «yakhta bol'she [chem ona est']»?
Victor Gorbatov
National Research University Higher School of Economics
Issue number: 
No.4 (Vol.50)

The present paper is a reply to Borisov’s recent criticism of my interpretation of Russell's joke about yachts. I partially agree with him in the issue of semantic content / truth conditions differentiation. Nevertheless, I deem it necessary to clarify the basic idea of my approach and to to draw attention the main drawback of the Borisov’s ‘objectual analysis III’ –  namely, his interpretation ignores the "reflexive" content of the analyzed sentence.

possible worlds semantics, objectual attitude, centered worlds, semantic content, reflexive content, truth conditions

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