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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 2–3: The Name and Verb

Chapter 2–3: The Name and Verb

(p.35) 3 Chapter 2–3: The Name and Verb
Aristotle's De Interpretatione

C. W. A. Whitaker

Oxford University Press

Aristotle's definitions of the basic units of significant speech , and the way in which they are employed to form an assertion are seen here. Both 'signify something’, but the verb possesses a crucial additional role, the ’additional signification’ that its own signification and that of a ’name’ are combined, thus enabling an assertion to be true or false. The verb thus contains three elements: a basic signification, a copulative function equivalent to the role of the copula ’is’, and an indication of time, which forms a second type of ’additional signification’.

Keywords:   Aristotle, assertion, copula, De Interpretatione, false, name, signification, speech, time, true, verb

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