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Quid ergo Hipponium et Floridensis?
by Garry DeWeese
David Horner has recently offered a medieval argument for an Anglophilic pronunciation of the name of St. Augustine.
I claim his disputatious account fails, both on an account of interlinguistic phonological equivalence, and on a Kripkean-style rigid designator theory of reference. It turns out, surprisingly, that Floridians are closer to the truth about the correct pronunciation of the medieval saint’s name than are Englishmen.
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