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LINGUIST List 18.3420

Sat Nov 17 2007

Books: Philosophy of Language: Hinzen

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        1.    Elyse Turr, An Essay on Names and Truths: Hinzen

Message 1: An Essay on Names and Truths: Hinzen
Date: 15-Nov-2007
From: Elyse Turr <elyse.turroup.com>
Subject: An Essay on Names and Truths: Hinzen
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Title: An Essay on Names and Truths
Published: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Author: Wolfram Hinzen
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199274420 Pages: 320 Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780199226528 Pages: 320 Price: U.S. $ 42.00

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 approach.

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): Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (eng )

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