Language and Number: The Emergence of a Cognitive System
Published: 1987-11 | ISBN: 0631155686 | PDF | 344 pages | 13.24 MB
This volume is intended as a contribution to linguistic scheme in the broadest sense. It offers a eye of language - illustrated through an observation of the linguistics of number - which brings together considerations of individual psychology and of converse within a speech community. These sum of ~ units strands, the psychological and the companionable, are put together to give every evolutionary perspective on language. The psychological considerations recount both to the invention and to the ordinary acquisition of speech; the social considerations relate to the ways individuals pass common standard expressions for their meanings. Languages, the originator argues, grow through the interaction of individual minds up~ the body the forms invented and socially negotiated ~ the agency of their predecessors. The book also makes a contribution to the philosophy of numbers; arguing that our notice of numbers is akin to our state of being possessed of language, and that both emerge from a faculty for constructing collections from aggregates.