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How to show the difference between the opaque reading and the transparent reading via syntax?

Is there any way using any version of Generative Grammar (EST, REST, GB, MP) to show the difference between "the transparent reading" and "the opaque reading" of the same line ...
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Does a sound denote a thing and a word denote that sound or a word denote a thing a sound denote that word?

Recently, I picked up a book on mathematics that highlighted the importance of distinguishing between a word and what it represents. Now, if only words and things that they denote were involved in ...
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Denotation of common nouns

Do common nouns have any singular 'denotation' or do all of them denote entirely contextually? For example in 'a car' is 'car' denoting a type of object and the entire phrase describing an object of ...
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Denoting with 'ambiguous descriptions'

I understand why definite descriptions like 'the king of england' are denoting phrases according to Russell, but why does he suggest that 'a king' is equivalent to 'some king'? In 'On denoting', ...
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Definite descriptions and 'concrete numbers' in language

'Concrete numbers' are a type of phrase consisting of a number and a unit expressed with a noun, such as 'two metres', 'three apples' etc. Historically called numerus numeratus Take '5 men', it does ...
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What is the difference between 'denotation' and 'reference' in linguistics?

I am trying to determine why in mathematical expressions we can have a variable x which does not ‘refer’ to a specific number but can still 'denote' an unspecified object. In linguistic theory, is it ...
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