ERIC Number: ED354745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
A Programme for Semantics; Semantics and Its Critics; Semantics Shamantics.
Goldstein, Laurence; Harris, Roy
Hongkong Papers in Linguistics and Language teaching, v13 p25-45 1990
In a statement-response-reply format, a proposition concerning the study of semantics is made and debated in three papers by two authors. In the first paper, it is proposed that semantics is not the study of the concept of meaning, but rather a neurolinguistic issue, despite the fact that semantics is linked to context. It is argued that semantic research, based in cognitive science, should focus on providing: (1) a neuroscientific account of how the brain processes sensory and other input when that input calls for a verbal response; (2) a psycholinguistic account of the relation of thinking to speaking; and (3) a philosophical/linguistic account of the relation of context to the content of an utterance. In the response, this proposal is criticized as confusing sense with reference and as rejecting common sense in favor of intellectual amusement. The original author's reply answers specific criticisms and identifies inconsistencies in the respondent's work. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For the serial issue from which this paper is analyzed, see FL 020 941.