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Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology

Beyond Meaning: A Journey Across Language, Perception and Experience

Authors: Fiorin, Gaetano, Delfitto, Denis

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  • Provides a detailed and widely accessible presentation of both the technical and the philosophical foundations of formal semantics
  • Includes a unique interdisciplinary discussion around the issue of linguistic meaning, combining insights from linguistics, philosophy and neurocognition
  • Develops a new perspective on linguistic meaning, eliminating the traditional dichotomy between externalism and internalism in semantics
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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. 

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.

Table of contents (36 chapters)

Table of contents (36 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Beyond Meaning: A Journey Across Language, Perception and Experience
Authors
Series Title
Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
Series Volume
25
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-46317-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-46317-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-46316-8
Series ISSN
2214-3807
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 337
Number of Illustrations
79 b/w illustrations
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