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Beyond Meaning: A Journey Across Language, Perception and Experience

Book

Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
    Pages 1-3
  3. Meaning and Objects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 7-11
    3. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 13-20
    4. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 21-24
    5. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 25-33
    6. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 35-42
    7. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 43-55
    8. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 57-67
    9. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 69-77
    10. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 79-82
    11. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 83-96
    12. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 97-103
    13. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 105-113
    14. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 115-124
  4. Meaning and Subjects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 127-128
    3. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 129-136
    4. Gaetano Fiorin, Denis Delfitto
      Pages 137-146

About this book

Introduction

Natural languages – idioms such as English and Cantonese, Zulu and Amharic, Basque and Nicaraguan Sign Language – allow their speakers to convey meaning and transmit meaning to one another. But what is meaning exactly? What is this thing that words convey and speakers communicate? Few questions are as elusive as this. Yet, few features are as essential to who we are and what we do as human beings as the capacity to convey meaning through language. 

In this book, Gaetano Fiorin and Denis Delfitto disclose a notion of linguistic meaning that is structured around three distinct, yet interconnected dimensions: a linguistic dimension, relating meaning to the linguistic forms that convey it; a material dimension, relating meaning to the material and social conditions of its environment; and a psychological dimension, relating meaning to the cognitive lives of its users. 

By paying special attention to the puzzle surrounding first-person reference – the way speakers exploit language to refer to themselves – and by capitalizing on a number of recent findings in the cognitive sciences, Fiorin and Delfitto develop the original hypothesis that meaningful language shares the same underlying logical and metaphysical structure of sense perception, effectively acting as a system of classification and discrimination at the interface between cognitive agents and their ecologies.

Keywords

Externalist vs. Internalist theories of meaning First-personal interpretations in language Language/perception interface De se readings and Immunity to error though misidentification Propositions as cognitive events

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of VeronaVeronaItaly

About the authors

Gaetano Fiorin is Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Logic at University College Utrecht and a researcher affiliated to the Utrecht institute of Linguistics (UiL-OTS). He graduated with a thesis on the semantic competence of children with developmental dyslexia. His research work spans from theoretical linguistics – particularly the semantics of the first-person and its implications for the syntax-semantics interface and the metaphysics of meaning – to experimental linguistics – particularly developmental dyslexia and multilingualism.

Denis Delfitto is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Verona. He graduated at the Scuola Normale in Pisa and had many research and teaching experiences in a number of American and European universities. His publications – in international scientific journals and peer-reviewed volumes – span from the syntax of reference and quantification in natural language – including issues of comparative syntax and semantics – to issues of language change and language impairment. His core interest is the investigation of the human capacity for language from a broad cognitive and philosophical perspective.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Beyond Meaning: A Journey Across Language, Perception and Experience
  • Authors Gaetano Fiorin
    Denis Delfitto
  • Series Title Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-46317-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-46316-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-46319-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-46317-5
  • Series ISSN 2214-3807
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-3815
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 337
  • Number of Illustrations 79 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Language
    Pragmatics
    Applied Linguistics
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