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Cognitive Foundations of Grammar / Edition 1
     

Cognitive Foundations of Grammar / Edition 1

by Bernd Heine
 

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ISBN-10: 0195102525

ISBN-13: 9780195102529

Pub. Date: 11/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The main function of language is to convey meaning. Therefore, argues Bernd Heine in these pages, the question of why language is structured the way it is must first of all be answered with reference to this function. Linguistic explanations offered in terms of other exponents of language structure (for example, syntax) are likely to highlight peripheral or

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The main function of language is to convey meaning. Therefore, argues Bernd Heine in these pages, the question of why language is structured the way it is must first of all be answered with reference to this function. Linguistic explanations offered in terms of other exponents of language structure (for example, syntax) are likely to highlight peripheral or epi-phenomenal—rather than central—characteristics of language structure. Heine provides a solid introductory treatment of the ways in which language structure (that is, grammar) and language usage can be explained with reference to the processes underlying human conceptualization and communication.

Exploring an area of linguistics that has developed only recently and is rapidly expanding, Cognitive Foundations of Grammar will appeal to students of linguistics, psychology, and anthropology, especially those interested in grammaticalization processess.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195102529
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxiii
1.Modalities and Intensional Languages3
Appendix 1ADiscussion24
Appendix 1BSmullyan on Modality and Description36
2.Iterated Deontic Modalities39
3.Essentialism in Modal Logic45
4.Essential Attribution53
Appendix 4AStrict Implication, Deducibility, and the Deduction Theorem71
5.Quantification and Ontology75
6.Classes, Collections, Assortments, and Individuals89
7.Does the Principle of Substitutivity Rest on a Mistake?101
8.Nominalism and the Substitutional Quantifier111
9.Moral Dilemmas and Consistency125
10.Rationality and Believing the Impossible143
11.Spinoza and the Ontological Proof163
12.On Some Post-1920s Views of Russell on Particularity, Identity, and Individuation177
13.Possibilia and Possible Worlds189
14.A Backward Look at Quine's Animadversions on Modalities215
15.Some Revisionary Proposals about Belief and Believing233
Index257

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