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Semantics as a Mentalistic Enterprise

Ray Jackendoff

in Foundations of Language

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780198270126
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191713255 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270126.003.0009
 Semantics as a Mentalistic Enterprise

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This chapter begins by couching the questions of semantic theory in mentalistic terms, so that semantics can be compatible with generative grammar. It contrasts this position with a number of other views of what semantics is about. The chapter also addresses the putative distinction between linguistic meaning and ‘world knowledge’, arguing that various ways of making this distinction do not serve the intended purpose. Rather, if there is a special ‘linguistic semantics’, it is the theory of the interface components between meaning and linguistic expression.

Keywords: generative grammar; meaning; Chomsky; Fodor; linguistic semantics; conceptualization

Chapter.  11868 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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