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Language: A Biological Model (Hardback)
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Language: A Biological Model (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 18/08/2005
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Ruth Millikan is well known for having developed a strikingly original way for philosophers to seek understanding of mind and language, which she sees as biological phenomena. She now draws together a series of groundbreaking essays which set out her approach to language. Guiding the work of most linguists and philosophers of language today is the assumption that language is governed by prescriptive normative rules. Millikan offers a fundamentally different way of viewing the partial regularities that language displays, comparing them to biological norms that emerge from natural selection. This yields novel and quite radical consequences for our understanding of the nature of public linguistic meaning, the process of language understanding, how children learn language, and the semantics/pragmatics distinction.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199284764
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 373 g
Dimensions: 224 x 145 x 18 mm


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I enjoyed the read. I found much to applaud and much incitement to argument. * William Cameron, Minds and Machines *
very well founded in discussions and debates in philosophy of language ... it will lead to new discussions and perspectives * M. Brochhausen, Journal of Comparative Human Biology *
The essays are carefully organized to present Millikan's account of language in a novel, systemic manner...it's unapologetically ambitious, uncommonly though-provoking, and is full of insights, in every chapter. Moreover, she does often succeed at making her ideas more accessible than in other of her works...this new collection is often fascinating and consistently thought-provoking, and many of her claims that seem on first look to be obviously wrong become, over time, utterly compelling. The book is a challenge, but it's worth it. * Brian Epstein, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *

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