SEMANTICS: the use that a speaker makes of a definite noun phrase to say
something about whatever fits the description of the noun phrase. The definite noun
phrase in The murderer of Smith is insane is used attributively if the speaker
does not intend to refer to a particular person which he knows to be the murderer of
Smith (that would be the referential use), but
to the (possibly unknown) person who murdered Smith, whoever that person may be.
|LIT.||Donnellan, K. (1966)|