Cooperation by Means of Words

Christopher Gauker

in Words and Images

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599462
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729225 | DOI:
Cooperation by Means of Words

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This chapter characterizes a paradigmatic sort of discourse aimed at the achievement of practical goals and explains how a language serving such discourse might be learned on the basis of imagistic cognition. The account first defines in terms of perceptual similarity space the conditions under which an agent will be disposed to utter an atomic sentence. In terms of this the theory then defines the conditions under which an agent will accept an atomic sentence. Production and acceptance rules for negations are defined in terms of a kind of incompatibility between imagistic representations and sentences. Finally, the theory is extended to disjunctions, conditionals, and universally quantified sentences.

Keywords: linguistic communication; goals; cooperation; language learning; disjunction; negation; conditionals; quantification

Chapter.  18876 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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