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Language and the Mind. On Concepts and Values


Peeters, BL, Language and the Mind. On Concepts and Values, Pragmatics & Cognition, 4, (1) pp. 139-152. ISSN 0929-0907 (1996) [Non Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1075/pc.4.1.12pee


The distinction between I- and E-concepts, derived from Chomsky’s (1986) distinction between I- and E-language, has become an integral part of Jackendoff’s conceptual semantics. Where, if at all, are they to be found in the model of the mind proposed in Jackendoff’s core paper, i.e., in which of the three rings? How do they relate to the idea of I- and E-values, independently proposed by myself (but similarly inspired) in the framework of a theory of lexical semantics known as conceptual axiology? Where in the mind, if at all, are the latter to be found? I will argue that something is missing both in Jackendoff’s conceptual semantics and in his picture of the mind: he fails to distinguish between meanings, values and concepts, and talks instead about “conceptual structure” "which presumably belongs to the conscious mind, and to it alone. In an attempt to bring values and concepts together in a comprehensive picture, I will point to the similarities between sensory and linguistic input, and provide details relating to the act of communication as I have come to see it throughout the years. © 1996 John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Linguistics
Research Field:Linguistic structures (incl. phonology, morphology and syntax)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Peeters, BL (Dr Bert Peeters)
ID Code:9228
Year Published:1996
Deposited By:Modern Languages
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-09-09

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