use-mention distinction

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use-mention distinction (plural use-mention distinctions)

  1. (linguistics, philosophy) A distinction between the use of a word for its meaning (as in "Cheese is derived from milk") and the mention of a word as a lexical unit (as in "Cheese is derived from a word in Old English").

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  • words-as-words distinction
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