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The Mapping between the Mental and the Public Lexicon

By Dan Sperber and Deirdre Wilson

Abstract

We argue that the presence of a word in an utterance serves as starting point for a relevance guided inferential process that results in the construction of a contextually appropriate sense. The linguistically encoded sense of a word does not serve as its default interpretation. The cases where the contextually appropriate sense happens to be identical to this linguistic sense have no particular theoretical significance. We explore some of the consequences of this view. One of these consequences is that there may be many more mentally represented concepts than there are linguistically encoded concepts

Topics: cognition, communication, languge of thought, lexicon, linguistics, mind, philosophy, pragmatics, psychology, relevance, relevance theory, [SHS.LANGUE.PRAGMATICS] Humanities and Social Sciences/Linguistics/domain_shs.langue.pragmatics, [SHS.LANGUE.PSYLING] Humanities and Social Sciences/Linguistics/domain_shs.langue.psyling, [SHS.LANGUE.SEMANTICS] Humanities and Social Sciences/Linguistics/domain_shs.langue.semantics, [SHS.PHIL.LANGUAGE] Humanities and Social Sciences/Philosophy/domain_shs.phil.language, [SHS.PHIL.MIND] Humanities and Social Sciences/Philosophy/domain_shs.phil.mind
Publisher: HAL CCSD
Year: 1998
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:ijn_00000036v1

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