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Re: completion of action: 2001-07-27#2 (long) (use/mention in reification)

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 13:36:44 -0500
Message-ID: <3B8FD93C.F38BDF18@w3.org>
To: pat hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
CC: w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org
pat hayes wrote:
> 
> >Brian McBride wrote:
> > >
> > > pat hayes wrote:
> > > [...]
> > > > Wait a minute. The subject is a URI, not a Resource, right?  The
> > > > Resource is what the subject (a piece of syntax) denotes, not the
> > > > subject itself.
> >
> >That's what you'd think, coming from a logic background, but
> >as Brian points out, RDF says the subject of
> >       Mary hit the ball.
> >
> >is a female person, not a word starting with 'M'.
> >
> >This is mother of all use/mention bugs, IMO.
> >
> >cf
> 
> Indeed. If we have to take this seriously then I withdraw the model
> theory, since it can't possibly work.

You mean the reification part of the model theory, right?

The rest is fine.

> Such a beastie, consisting of
> triples of real things, isn't even a language, so it can't have a
> semantics. (It also cannot have a grammar, by the way, since BNF only
> refers to strings of symbols, and my mother isn't a symbol.)

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Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
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