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## Jerry A. Fodor

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198236368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198236360.001.0001

# The Demise of Definitions, Part I: The Linguist's Tale

Chapter:
(p. 40 ) 3 The Demise of Definitions, Part I: The Linguist's Tale
Source:
Concepts
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198236360.003.0003

A consideration of linguistic’ evidence for and against the view that typical concepts of middle‐sized’ objects (DOG, CHAIR, UNCLE, DOORKNOB) are complex definitional constructions out of more primitive concepts. Critical analysis of arguments by Ray Jackendoff, Steven Pinker, and others.

Keywords:   concepts, definitions, Jackendoff, Pinker

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