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Some Questions about Language

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How do meaningless marks and sounds become the meaningful words of a natural language? What is the meaning of words that do not have referential significance? Can ordinary language really do what it appears to do, or is this an illusion? In this work, Dr Adler argues that these fundamental questions are not satisfactorily handled in the two main philosophies of language th ...more
Hardcover, 189 pages
Published April 30th 1977 by Open Court Publishing Company (first published 1976)
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Michael Dorais
This book put for me in a much clearer perspective not only what goes on with language and the meaning of words but also what that might imply about what the mind is and what reality is and how we talk objectively about things that are real as well as things that are imagined. Whether you agree with all of his theory about language or not, he provides a rich vocabulary for discussing the philosophy of language. I will be keeping his theory in mind as I continue reading Locke's Essay Concerning H ...more
Scarlett Sims
This book wasn't exactly what I expected--I thought it would be more about linguistics when it is really a philosophy of language. It's certainly not for the casual reader. I would even venture to say it's above the head of the "interested non-professional." I'm not going to pretend I fully absorbed the content of this book, but it was certainly interesting in the parts I did understand. I don't have quite enough background in philosophies of language to know other viewpoints on the topic but Ad ...more

I'm actually re-reading this book. It has been 20 years since my first reading. Excellent read for anyone interested in the formation of language. As always, Adler's writing is the ultimate in technical perfection. Not recommended unless you are REALLY into the science of language.
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Mortimer Jerome Adler was an American educator, philosopher, and popular author. As a philosopher he worked with Aristotelian and Thomistic thought. He lived for the longest stretches in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and San Mateo. He worked for Columbia University, the University of Chicago, Encyclopædia Britannica, and Adler's own Institute for Philosophical Research.

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