Semantic Theories Of Natural Language

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This essay will discuss semantic theories of natural language. Emphasising on the use of meaning in language, the process of human thought in language use and also how reality is an influence on language. The Oxford Dictionaries(n.d) provide definitions of the key words in enquiry as follows. (“meaning.”) “ What is meant by a word, text, concept, or action:” . (“thought.”)“An idea or opinion produced by thinking, or occurring suddenly in the mind:”. (“reality.”) “The state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them: “. It can be understood that the human language consists of words as spoken or in text as a concept or to define an action to correlate meaning. With the words that are chosen to be…show more content…
David Hornsby (2007) claims “we have a mental dictionary or lexicon which stores the form of a lexeme”. Hornsby 's claim is correct as in (??) Noam Chomsky brought forward the idea of a “Language Acquisition Device”. Language is consistent among the reality shared among speakers rather than a surreal understanding of the world. Identifying the meaning of our expressions on the basis of its truth conditions was introduced by David Donaldson (1967) with a theory of truth-conditional semantics. It aims to define the semantics of natural language. Davidson expressed the idea that “language expresses meaning to be true if it coheres with its truth conditions”. Include claims about truth conditional semantics The truth-conditional theory defines meaning in language to be the same as the truth conditions of the proposition and . (Donald Davidson **) Claims DAVIDSON OPPOSES TO DEFINITIONS OF MEANING OF ENTITIES It has never been proven that language dramatically shapes the way it’s speakers think (Pinker, 48). It can be said that a cognitive component of language is the language of thought that of which all humans use. (**DATE) describes that the language of thought is (Stephen Pinker **) Slobin claims”There is a process of “thinking for speaking” in which cognition plays a dynamic role within the framework of linguistic expression: Dan L. Slobin (??) describes a cognitive process, which he labelled "thinking for speaking" . This is the kind
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