On Jan 12, 2015 7:25 AM, "Dan Matei" <email@example.com> wrote:
> PS. I this way I could handle even disjunct properties with different predicates. As – for instance — the major ontological contribution of a (Hungarian) Transylvanian peasant:
> (Context: between the Wars). One day, the main road of the village is crossed by a turtle. Huge amazement: the villagers did not see a thing like that before. So they quickly ask for their wisest and most knowledgeable guy, Sanyi Bácsi [Old Sandor/Alexander] (he attended the Great War !). Sanyi Bácsi comes quickly, takes a good look and concludes: "This either is something OR is going somewhere."
The example above is ontologically and logically far more complicated than the original question! Assuming a world in which the story describes an actual occurrence (it can be the actual world, a fictional world, or a possible world; dealer's choice).
1) There's an indexical embedded in a speech act.
2) The indexical may be interpreted as referring to a tangible individual, or to an instance of an action/event (a Going) performed by the tangible individual.
3) The described incident occurs over a brief interval of time. Sub events are relatively ordered, but the time span is unknown.
4) The described incident is a subinterval of a rough (not fuzzy) bounded period of time (between the end of WWI and the start of WWII).
5) The named actor is described as a "(Hungarian) Transylvanian" peasant, where at the time of the actor's birth, Hungarian would be an accurate label for nationality and ethnicity; at the time of utterance could could refer only to ethnicity;for a period of time after might refer to both, and post war would be ethnicity only. Geophysical, geopolitical, and temporal issues collide (cataloging rules too).
It's interesting how many of these issues are within the scope of the CRM. I'm not sure off the top of my head how appellations whose references *appear* to change over time are handled ( if names are rigid).