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The Mind in Nature$
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C. B. Martin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199234103

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234103.001.0001

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(p.93) 8 Protolanguage
The Mind in Nature

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This chapter attempts to make a start in detailing the structure and nature of protolinguistic activity in its individual and social usage. This leads to a model for explaining a natural developmental flow (also allowing for, incorporating, and making understandable inventive ‘leaps’) in the semantic evolution of the race and the individual before — and into — language. After first acquiring a language (racially or individually), the use of protolanguage cannot be abandoned. The subtle interplay between language and protolanguage and their separate domains of semantic dominance and richness call for investigation.

Keywords:   semantics, linguistics, truth, falsehood, representational use, linguistic activity

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