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Words and ThoughtsSubsentences, Ellipsis, and the Philosophy of Language$
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Robert Stainton

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250387

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250387.001.0001

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Further Background Issues

Further Background Issues

(p.30) 2 Further Background Issues
Words and Thoughts

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This chapter explains three background issues additional to those presented in Chapter 1. First, it contrasts three senses of ‘sentence’ — syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic — and draws attention to three corresponding senses of ‘elliptical’. Second, it defends a commitment to an open evidence-base for the philosophical study of language, in the face of arguments that take off either from the nature of mind, or from the ontology of language. Finally, it briefly notes a commitment to an empirical thesis about the mind, viz. that it is structured into faculties, including in particular, one specific to language.

Keywords:   sentence, syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, elliptical, mind

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