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What Do We Have in Mind When We Talk about Language?

W. Underhill James

in Humboldt, Worldview and Language

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638420
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671809 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638420.003.0002
What Do We Have in Mind When We Talk about Language?

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This chapter briefly outlines the reasons why it is necessary to distinguish between individual speech and writing, on the one hand, and the language of a linguistic community, on the other. Great confusion results from failing to do so, especially when authors begin to reflect upon the relation between ‘language’ and thought.

Keywords: Language; Sprache; Thought

Chapter.  1344 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics

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