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Meaning and its Place in the Language Faculty

Paul Horwich

in Reflections on Meaning

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199251247
eISBN:
9780191603983
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019925124X.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter considers the phenomenon of meaning from the perspective of Chomsky’s ‘I-linguistics’ and his empirical postulation of the ‘language faculty’. After a sketch of that model, the question ... More


Afterword

John Hawthorne and David Manley

in The Reference Book

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199693672
eISBN:
9780191739002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693672.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

The Afterword re-evaluates the central questions of the book. It begins by examining the possibility (suggested by Paul Pietroski) that no expressions of natural language are paradigmatically ... More


Seeing Through Language

Donald Davidson

in Truth, Language, and History: Philosophical Essays Volume 5

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780198237570
eISBN:
9780191602610
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019823757X.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This essay argues that while there is an important sense in which we see the world through language, common ways of understanding this metaphor are false. It criticises mentalese, the thesis that ... More


Platonic Heaven

Robin Clark

in Meaningful Games: Exploring Language with Game Theory

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262016179
eISBN:
9780262298742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016179.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This chapter presents a way of thinking about meaning in language that has motivated an enormous amount of work in theoretical linguistics. Topics discussed include the puzzle of reference; the ... More


My Fall from Platonic Heaven

Robin Clark

in Meaningful Games: Exploring Language with Game Theory

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262016179
eISBN:
9780262298742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016179.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

Chapter 1 outlined the Mentalese theory, which takes the mind (or brain) as a computational device. This chapter first describes the relation between the rules of grammar and their meaning in ... More


Inner Speech as the Internalization of Outer Speech

Christopher Gauker

in Inner Speech: New Voices

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780198796640
eISBN:
9780191866869
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198796640.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter aims to clear a path for the thesis that inner speech, in the very languages we speak, is the sole medium of all conceptual thought. First, it is argued that inner speech should not be ... More


Must Beliefs Be Sentences?

Brian Loar

in Consciousness and Meaning: Selected Essays

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780199673353
eISBN:
9780191758935
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673353.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Suppose we think, as Fodor claims, in a language of thought, and let ‘x believes* s’ mean that the mentalese sentence s is tokened in x as a belief. There are then two strategies by which one might ... More


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