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Title: On Meaning: Individuation and Identity--The Definition of a World View
Written By: Maria Isabel Aldinhas Ferreira

Meaning, the complex phenomenon of individuation and the definition of
identity are the core theme of this work. Grounded on a theoretical framework
that gives particular emphasis to the semiotic process common to all forms
of cognition, human cognition is conceived here as specific of organisms
that, in the course of their interactions, produce symbolic forms, defining the
specific physical, social and cultural environments in which they evolve.
Individuation, inherent to that semiotic process, is complex and double-sided.
It involves, on one hand, the definition of semantic identities and their
acknowledgment as world objects – naming; on the other hand, it
comprehends the specific lexical and morphosyntactic strategies different
languages have found to designate particular entities- referring. The definition
of world objects and its symbolic translation presents variations from
language to language. In the second part, we define what we have called a
“structure-motivated ontology” to represent how this symbolic translation is
accomplished in English and European Portuguese. Plus, we try to show how
the nature of this symbolic translation affects structural realisation, namely
the individuation of reference and the construal of “one-off referring”

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Philosophy of Language
Cognitive Science
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781443829250
Prices: U.K. £ 39.99