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Ray Jackendoff

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270126

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270126.001.0001

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Semantics as a Mentalistic Enterprise

Semantics as a Mentalistic Enterprise

(p.267) CHAPTER 9 Semantics as a Mentalistic Enterprise
Foundations of Language

Ray Jackendoff

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by couching the questions of semantic theory in mentalistic terms, so that semantics can be compatible with generative grammar. It contrasts this position with a number of other views of what semantics is about. The chapter also addresses the putative distinction between linguistic meaning and ‘world knowledge’, arguing that various ways of making this distinction do not serve the intended purpose. Rather, if there is a special ‘linguistic semantics’, it is the theory of the interface components between meaning and linguistic expression.

Keywords:   generative grammar, meaning, Chomsky, Fodor, linguistic semantics, conceptualization

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