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By Robert Stainton

It's a close to truism of philosophy of language that sentences are ahead of phrases. Sentences, it's stated, are what we think, assert, and argue for; makes use of of them represent our proof in semantics; merely they stand in inferential kin, and are real or fake. Sentences are, certainly, the one issues that essentially have that means.

Does this close to truism particularly carry of human languages? Robert Stainton, drawing on a large physique of facts, argues forcefully that audio system can and do use mere phrases, no longer sentences, to speak whole recommendations. He then considers the consequences of this empirical consequence for language-thought kinfolk, a variety of doctrines of sentence primacy, and the semantics-pragmatics boundary.

The ebook is necessary either for its philosophical and empirical claims, and for the technique hired. Stainton illustrates how the equipment and specific result of a few of the cognitive sciences can undergo on primary matters in philosophy of language. while, he applies philosophical differences with subtlety and care, to teach that arguments which likely aid the primacy of sentences don't quite accomplish that. the result's a paradigm instance of the hot Philosophy of Language: a wealthy melding of empirical paintings with conventional philosophy of language.

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