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Thought and the Language Faculty

Michael Devitt

in Ignorance of Language

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199250967
eISBN:
9780191603945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199250960.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter argues that the view that conceptual competence is part of linguistic competence is not undermined by the well-known dissociation of cognitive impairment and linguistic impairment. In ... More


Rules and Restrictions

Ronald W. Langacker

in Cognitive Grammar: A Basic Introduction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195331967
eISBN:
9780199868209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331967.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

Language is both cognitive and sociocultural, consisting in conventionally sanctioned patterns of communicative activity. These patterns take the form of schemas abstracted from usage events by the ... More


The Domestication of Language: Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal

Daniel Cloud

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231167925
eISBN:
9780231538282
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231167925.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

Language did not evolve only in the distant past. Our shared understanding of the meanings of words is ever-changing, and we make conscious, rational decisions about which words to use and what to ... More


The Social Life of Slurs

Geoff Nunberg

in New Work on Speech Acts

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198738831
eISBN:
9780191802058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198738831.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

The words we call slurs are just plain vanilla descriptions. They don’t semantically convey any disparagement of their referents, whether as content, conventional implicature, presupposition, ... More


The Contingent A Priori and Rigid Designators

Keith Donnellan, Joseph Almog, and Paolo Leonardi

in Essays on Reference, Language, and Mind

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199857999
eISBN:
9780190267667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199857999.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter talks about the contingent a priori and rigid designators. A rigid designator is a term that picks out the same thing in all possible worlds in which that thing exists. As a consequence ... More


Essentially Evaluative?

Simon Kirchin

in Thick Evaluation

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198803430
eISBN:
9780191841613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803430.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter continues the account of thick concepts defended in Chapter Six by arguing that such concepts are essentially evaluative. This is opposed to the view that thick concepts are merely ... More


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