B. R. George

a.   John sought ten unicorns and found all of them, except for one.
    It is probably under the sofa looking for marbles.
b.   John sought ten unicorns, and found only nine of them.
   # It is probably under the sofa looking for marbles.
c.   John sought ten unicorns, but didn't find any,
    because there are no unicorns.

I'm, among other things, a semanticist, currently an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University. My more specific interests include the semantics of questions, attitude ascriptions, presupposition projection, the foundations of formal semantics, and philosophy of gender.

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‘A fish-trap is for catching fish; once you've caught the fish, you can forget about the trap. A rabbit-snare is for catching rabbits; once you've caught the rabbit, you can forget about the snare. Words are for catching ideas; once you've caught the idea, you can forget about the words. Where can I find a person who knows how to forget about words so I can have a few words with him?’
    -Chuang Tzu

‘But questions, I've learned since, can be like ocean currents. Wade in a little too far and they can carry you away.’
    -Donovan Hohn, Moby-Duck