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Language in Cognition$
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Pieter A. M. Seuren

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199559473

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559473.001.0001

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The ecology and machinery of language

The ecology and machinery of language

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(p.229) 7 The ecology and machinery of language
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Language in Cognition
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Pieter A. M. Seuren (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559473.003.0007

Language is positioned in its ecological setting as part of the human mind, intentionally related to the actual and to virtual worlds and functional in a social force field. Grammar defines fully modular language production, with few interfaces for feedback control. Interpretation is much less modular, with many more feedback lines. A context‐sensitive machinery is sketched for the assignment of truth‐values.

Keywords:   language ecology, bottom‐up processing, modularity, top‐down processing, semiotic architecture, truth‐value assignment

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