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Language: A Biological Model
     

Language: A Biological Model

by Ruth Garrett Millikan
 

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ISBN-10: 0199284768

ISBN-13: 9780199284764

Pub. Date: 09/29/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Ruth Millikan is well known for having developed a strikingly original way for philosophers to seek understanding of mind and language, which she sees as biological phenomena. She now draws together a series of groundbreaking essays which set out her approach to language. Guiding the work of most linguists and philosophers of language today is the assumption that

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Ruth Millikan is well known for having developed a strikingly original way for philosophers to seek understanding of mind and language, which she sees as biological phenomena. She now draws together a series of groundbreaking essays which set out her approach to language. Guiding the work of most linguists and philosophers of language today is the assumption that language is governed by prescriptive normative rules. Millikan offers a fundamentally different way of viewing the partial regularities that language displays, comparing them to biological norms that emerge from natural selection. This yields novel and quite radical consequences for our understanding of the nature of public linguistic meaning, the process of language understanding, how children learn language, and the semantics/pragmatics distinction.

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ISBN-13:
9780199284764
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/29/2005
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.40(d)

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Table of Contents

1. Language Conventions Made Simple
2. In Defense of Public Language
3. Meaning, Meaning, and Meaning
4. The Son and the Daughter: On Sellars, Brandom, and Millikan
5. The Language-Thought Partnership
6. Why (most) Kinds are not Classes
7. Cutting Philosophy of Language Down to Size
8. Proper Function and Convention in Speech Acts
9. Pushmi-pullyu Representations
10. Semantics/Pragmatics (Purposes and Cross-Purposes)

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