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The Nature of Language

Jonardon Ganeri

in Semantic Powers

Published in print March 1999 | ISBN: 9780198237884
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679544 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198237884.003.0001

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

The Nature of Language

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the Nyāya conception of the essence of language. Nyāya philosophers of language reason that unless the meaning theories tacitly known by the speaker and hearer have certain properties, the belief which the bearer forms on directly assenting to the speaker's utterances will not constitute language. The language faculty, the notion of an ‘internalized grammar’, and the Nyāya analysis of meaning are then discussed.

Keywords: Nyāya; essence of language; philosophy of language; meaning; internalized grammar

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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