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The meaning of “abstract nouns”: Locke, Bentham, and contemporary semantics

Cliff Goddard and Anna Wierzbicka

in Words and Meanings: Lexical Semantics Across Domains, Languages, and Cultures

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199668434
eISBN:
9780191748691
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668434.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Lexicography

The meaning of “abstract nouns” raises fundamental philosophical and linguistic questions. Nobody was more aware of this than John Locke, whose treatment of the subject must be the central point of ... More


Philosophy, Law and Language

Christopher Hutton

in Language, Meaning and the Law

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748633500
eISBN:
9780748671489
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633500.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This chapter reviews approaches taken by political philosophers concerned with the nature of law, with language seen as one of the key elements in the formation of political collectivities ruled by ... More


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