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Author Ferreira, M. I. (Maria Isabel)

Title On meaning [electronic resource] : individuation and identity--the definition of a world view / Maria Isabel Aldinhas Ferreira.

Imprint Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2011.

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Description 1 online resource (x, 212 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-212).
Contents The nature of human cognition: epistemological assumptions -- Individuating entities -- Representing lexical semantic information: a bird's eye view.
Summary "Meaning, the complex phenomenon of individuation and the definition of identity are the core theme of this work. Grounded on a theoretical framework that gives particular emphasis to the semiotic process common to all forms of cognition, human cognition is conceived here as specific of organisms that, in the course of their interactions, produce symbolic forms, defining the specific physical, social and cultural environments in which they evolve. Individuation, inherent to that semiotic process, is complex and double-sided. It involves, on one hand, the definition of semantic identities and their acknowledgment as world objects naming; on the other hand, it comprehends the specific lexical and morphosyntactic strategies different languages have found to designate particular entities referring. The definition of world objects and its symbolic translation presents variations from language to language. In the second part of the book, we define what we have called a 'structure-motivated ontology' to represent how this symbolic translation is accomplished in English and European Portuguese. Plus, we try to show how the nature of this symbolic translation affects structural realisation, namely the individuation of reference and the construal of 'one-off referring' expressions."--Publisher's description.
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Subject Linguistics -- Philosophy.
Meaning (Philosophy)
Individuation (Philosophy)
Identity (Philosophical concept)
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Ferreira, M.I. (Maria Isabel). On meaning. Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2011 1443829250 (DLC) 2011535391 (OCoLC)727106306
ISBN 9781443830386 (electronic bk.)
1443830380 (electronic bk.)