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LINGUIST List 18.2916

Fri Oct 05 2007

Books: Philosophy of Lang/Cognitive Science/Semantics: Hinzen

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        1.    Jennifer Clark, An Essay on Names and Truth: Hinzen

Message 1: An Essay on Names and Truth: Hinzen
Date: 05-Oct-2007
From: Jennifer Clark <jennifer.clarkoup.com>
Subject: An Essay on Names and Truth: Hinzen
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Title: An Essay on Names and Truth
Published: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Book URL: http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199226528

Author: Wolfram Hinzen
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199274420 Pages: 256 Price: U.K. £ 57.50
Paperback: ISBN: 9780199226528 Pages: 256 Price: U.K. £ 19.99

This pioneering book lays new foundations for the study of reference and
truth. It seeks to explain the origins and characteristics of human ways of
relating to the world by means of an understanding of the inherent
structures of the mind. Wolfram Hinzen explores truth in the light of Noam
Chomsky's Minimalist Program. Truth, he argues, is a function of the human
mind and, in particular, likely presupposes the structure of the human clause.

Professor Hinzen begins by setting out the essentials of the Minimalist
Program and by considering the explanatory role played by the interfaces of
the linguistic system with other cognitive systems. He then sets out an
internalist reconstruction of meaning. He argues that meaning stems from
concepts, originating not from reference but from intentional relations
built up in human acts of language in which such concepts figure. How we
refer, he suggests, is a function of the concepts we possess, rather than
the reverse in which reference to the world gives us the concepts to
realize it. He concludes with extended accounts of declarative sentences
and names, the two aspects of language which seem most inimical to his

The book makes important and radical contributions to theory and debate in
linguistics, philosophy, and cognitive science. The author frames his
argument in a way that will be readily comprehensible to scholars and
advanced students in all three disciplines.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (eng )

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