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Avowals: Expression, Content, and Truth

Dorit Bar-On

in Speaking My Mind

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199276288
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602894 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199276285.003.0008
Avowals: Expression, Content, and Truth

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The author begins this chapter with an account of how linguistic expressions, and in particular, mental ‘I’-ascriptions, could acquire an expressive role similar to the role played by natural expressions, despite the dissimilarities between avowals and natural expressions. This is done by explaining how mental self-ascriptions could emerge in the order of acquisition. In addition, the last part of the chapter answers the question how avowals are truth-evaluable (despite their similarity with non-truth-evaluable natural expressions), and how avowals are governed by a special presumption of truth.

Keywords: expressive behaviour; language acquisition; self-ascriptions; truth

Chapter.  23510 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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