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Title: Language in Cognition
Subtitle: Language From Within Volume I
Written By: Pieter A. M. Seuren
URL: http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199559473
Description:

Language in Cognition argues that language is based on the human construal
of reality. Humans refer to and quantify over virtual entities with the
same ease as they do over actual entities: the natural ontology of
language, the author argues, must therefore comprise both actual and
virtual entities and situations. He reformulates speech act theory,
suggesting that the primary function of language is less the transfer of
information than the establishing of socially binding commitments or
appeals based on the proposition expressed. This leads him first to a new
analysis of the systems and structures of cognitive language machinery and
their ecological embedding, and finally to a reformulation of the notion of
meaning, in which sentence meaning is distinguished from lexical meaning
and the vagaries and multifarious applications of lexical meanings may be
explained and understood.

This is the first of a two-volume foundational study of language, published
under the title, Language from Within. Pieter Seuren discusses and analyses
such apparently diverse issues as the ontology underlying the semantics of
language, speech act theory, intensionality phenomena, the machinery and
ecology of language, sentential and lexical meaning, the natural logic of
language and cognition, and the intrinsically context-sensitive nature of
language - and shows them to be intimately linked. Throughout his ambitious
enterprise, he maintains a constant dialogue with established views,
reflecting on their development from Ancient Greece to the present. The
resulting synthesis concerns central aspects of research and theory in
linguistics, philosophy, and cognitive science.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199559473
ISBN-13: 9780199559473
Pages: 400
Prices: U.K. £ 60.00