Some Possible Positions on Psychological Reality

Michael Devitt

in Ignorance of Language

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199250967
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603945 | DOI:
Some Possible Positions on Psychological Reality

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This chapter describes possible positions on psychological reality, on linguistic competence, that vary according to whether or not the rules of the language are embodied in the mind; to whether or not some processing rules for language are represented in the mind; and to whether or not some processing rules operate on metalinguistic representations of syntactic and semantic properties of linguistic items. The uncontroversial minimal position — committed only to there being a psychological reality that “respects” the linguistic rules — is the most that can be sustained without some powerful psychological assumption that is independent of anything revealed by the grammar of a language.

Keywords: linguistic competence; embodied rules; represented rules; processing rules; Representational Thesis; RT; respecting rules; minimal position; grammar

Chapter.  8202 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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