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The Instrumental Model of Language in Karl Bühler

  • Serena Cattaruzza
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Abstract

The theme of meaning pertains to various disciplines: logic, linguistics, the philosophy of mathematics, the psychology of perception, gnoseology, the philosophy of language, and so on. The excellence and systematicity of many theories advanced over the last hundred years (roughly from the end of the nineteenth century to the present day: from Frege, Bréal and Husserl to Cassirer, Wittgenstein and Montague), however, is unable to remove the difficulties inherent in the semantics of natural languages. As Putnam observed,

In the last decades enormous progress seems to have been made in the syntactic theory of natural languages [...] Comparable progress seems not to have been made in the semantic theory of natural languages [...] Why is the theory of meaning so hard? 1

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Linguistic Form Linguistic Phenomenon Bantu Language Instrumental Model Meaningful Behaviour 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Serena Cattaruzza
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di PsicologiaUniversità di TriesteTriesteItaly

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