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Aristotle's De InterpretationeContradiction and Dialectic$
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C. W. A. Whitaker

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199254194

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199254192.001.0001

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Chapter 1: Significant Utterances

Chapter 1: Significant Utterances

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Aristotle's De Interpretatione

C. W. A. Whitaker

Oxford University Press

The preliminary section of the treatise, a terse passage famous in the history of grammar and semantics, begins by setting out the relation between words, thoughts and things. Words are symbols, i.e. conventional tokens, for thoughts, as well as 'signs’ of things. Truth emerges from the correct or incorrect ’combination’ or 'separation’ (affirmation and negation) of these basic words in an assertion.

Keywords:   affirmation, Aristotle, assertion, De Interpretatione, grammar, negation, semantics, symbols, thoughts, truth, words

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