Knowledge and Language: From Orwell's Problem to Plato's Problem v. 1

Knowledge and Language: From Orwell's Problem to Plato's Problem v. 1

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Studying the relations between knowledge and language, one may distinguish two different lines of inquiry, one focusing on language as a body of knowledge, the other on language as a vehicle of knowledge. Approaching language as a body of knowledge one faces questions concerning its structure, and the relation with other types of knowledge. One will ask, then, how language is acquired and to what extent the acquisition of language and the structure of the language faculty model relate to aspects of other cognitive capacities. If language is approached as a vehicle for knowledge, the question arises what enables linguistic entities to represent facts about the world? To what extent does this rely on conventional aspects of meanings? Is it possible for language, when used non-conventionally as in metaphors, to convey intersubjective knowledge? If so (and it does seem to be the case), one may wonder what makes this possible.
The first volume in a three-volume work, this work investigates the role of conceptual structure in cognitive processes, exploring it from the perspectives of philosophy of language, linguistics, political philosophy, psychology, literary theory, aesthetics and philosophy of science.
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  • Hardback | 284 pages
  • 156 x 233.9 x 19.1mm | 576.07g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English
  • Set: 0-7923-1888-9
  • 0792317890
  • 9780792317890

Table of contents

Reflections on knowledge and language, E. Reuland; mental construction and social reality, N. Chomsky; some reflections on our sceptical crisis, H. Bracken; the "least effort" principle in child grammar - choosing a marked parameter, T. Roeper; the emergence of bound variable structures, T. Roeper and J. de Villiers; categories in the parameters perspective - null subjects and V-to-I, M.R. Manzini; linguistic theory and language acquisition factors - reformulation, maturation or invariance of binding principles, C. Jakubowicz; universal grammar and learnability theory - the case of binding domains and the "subset principle", S. Kapur et al; the subset principle is an intensional principle, K. Wexler; lexical access and speech production, W.J.M. Levelt.
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