Some Questions About Language: A Theory of Human Discourse and Its Objects (Paperback)
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Short Description for Some Questions About Language Arguing that the syntactical and "ordinary language" approaches have not satisfactorily treated fundamental questions surrounding the issue of "meaning" in language, this work develops a third approach, described as "semantic and lexical".
- Published: 01 October 1991
- Format: Paperback 204 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780812691788 ISBN 10: 0812691784
- Sales rank: 499,153
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How do meaningless marks and sounds become the meaningful words of a natural language? What is the meaning of words that do not have referential significance? Can ordinary language really do what it appears to do, or is this an illusion? In this work, Dr Adler argues that these fundamental questions are not satisfactorily handled in the two main philosophies of language that have dominated 20th-century thinking on the subject - the syntactical and "ordinary language" approaches. Drawing on the tradition of Aristotle, Aquinas, Poinsot and Husserl, Adler's own discussion exemplifies the third approach, which he describes as "semantic and lexical". He advances his theory of meaning and applies it to outstanding philosophical problems.