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Language in Cognition

Pieter A. M. Seuren


This book argues that language is based on the human construal of reality. Humans refer to and quantify over virtual entities with the same ease as they do over actual entities: the natural ontology of language, the book argues, must therefore comprise both actual and virtual entities and situations. The book reformulates speech act theory, suggesting that the primary function of language is less the transfer of information than the establishing of socially binding commitments or appeals based on the proposition expressed. This leads the book first to a new analysis of the systems and structur ... More

Keywords: reality, speech act theory, cogntive language machinery, ecological embedding, notion of meaning, intensionality phenomena, context

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199559473
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559473.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pieter A. M. Seuren, author
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
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