Complex demonstratives (in the singular) are noun phrases that result from combining the determiners this' or that' with syntactically simple or complex common noun phrases such as woman' or woman who is taking her skis off'. Thus, this woman', and that woman who is taking her skis off' are complex demonstratives. There are also plural complex demonstratives such as these skis' and those snowboarders smoking by the gondola'.

My book Complex Demonstratives: A Quantificational Account argues against what I call the direct reference account of complex demonstratives (henceforth DRCD) and defends a quantificational account of complex demonstratives. In two recent papers, Nathan Salmon has criticized one of the book's arguments against DRCD. In this essay I show that Salmon's criticism fails. I also show that the version of DRCD that Salmon ends up endorsing is false.

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