The Truth about Language

But as Michael C. Corballis shows in The Truth about Language, it’s time to reconsider those assumptions.

Author: Michael C. Corballis

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226287225

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Evolutionary science has long viewed language as, basically, a fortunate accident—a crossing of wires that happened to be extraordinarily useful, setting humans apart from other animals and onto a trajectory that would see their brains (and the products of those brains) become increasingly complex. But as Michael C. Corballis shows in The Truth about Language, it’s time to reconsider those assumptions. Language, he argues, is not the product of some “big bang” 60,000 years ago, but rather the result of a typically slow process of evolution with roots in elements of grammatical language found much farther back in our evolutionary history. Language, Corballis explains, evolved as a way to share thoughts—and, crucially for human development, to connect our own “mental time travel,” our imagining of events and people that are not right in front of us, to that of other people. We share that ability with other animals, but it was the development of language that made it powerful: it led to our ability to imagine other perspectives, to imagine ourselves in the minds of others, a development that, by easing social interaction, proved to be an extraordinary evolutionary advantage. Even as his thesis challenges such giants as Chomsky and Stephen Jay Gould, Corballis writes accessibly and wittily, filling his account with unforgettable anecdotes and fascinating historical examples. The result is a book that’s perfect both for deep engagement and as brilliant fodder for that lightest of all forms of language, cocktail party chatter.
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Don t Believe A Word

You finish the book more alive than ever to the enduring mystery and miracle of that thing that makes us most human' STEPHEN FRY 'Most popular books on language dumb down; Shariatmadari's smartens things up, and is all the more entertaining ...

Author: David Shariatmadari

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781474608466

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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*** 'Wonderful. You finish the book more alive than ever to the enduring mystery and miracle of that thing that makes us most human' STEPHEN FRY 'Most popular books on language dumb down; Shariatmadari's smartens things up, and is all the more entertaining for it' THE SUNDAY TIMES, a Book of the Year 'A meaty, rewarding and necessary read' GUARDIAN 'Fascinating and thought-provoking . . . crammed with weird and wonderful facts . . . for anyone who delights in linguistics it's a richly rewarding read' MAIL ON SUNDAY *** - A word's origin doesn't tell you what it means today - There are languages that change when your mother-in-law is present - The language you speak could make you more prone to accidents - There's a special part of the brain that produces swear words Taking us on a mind-boggling journey through the science of language, linguist David Shariatmadari uncovers the truth about what we do with words, exploding nine widely-held myths about language while introducing us to some of the fundamental insights of modern linguistics.
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The Language of the Truth

The Language of the Truth is an invitation to recover the knowledge of the Language of Truth, trough daily, ordinary teachings and examples that, told in a pure and simple manner, will help you to appreciate the small wonders of life.We all ...

Author: Sergio Bambaren

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ISBN: 9798553197322

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The Language of the Truth is an invitation to recover the knowledge of the Language of Truth, trough daily, ordinary teachings and examples that, told in a pure and simple manner, will help you to appreciate the small wonders of life.We all humans are born with the wisdom of the Language of the Truth; but as we grow up, we start to replace the wisdom we were born with; and without noticing, we start replacing all the wonderful wisdom, pureness and light we were born with voices, religions and languages that were created not in the place where we came from, but here, on Earth. There are many languages spoken on the face of the Earth, the ones that were created by different nomadic tribes thousands of years ago. Same with religions, with traditions and rules: and though all these languages are spoken through different places on Earth, they have one single thing in common: they all sooner or later replace the Language of the Truth. It happened to me. I grew up, and the rules and laws of society dwindled my knowledge of the Language of the Truth, until I finally forgot it. ... Until the day I met Shaun ...
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The Truth and Untruth of Language

By painting a picture of the different meanings of these concepts in the work of Heidegger, Ricoeur, and Derrida, illuminating the differences and affinities of their respective projects, he finds an original way of showing how these three ...

Author: Gerrit Jan van der Heiden

Publisher: Duquesne

ISBN: PSU:000068289041

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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In this study, Gert-Jan van der Heiden shows that this hermeneutic understanding of the relation between truth, untruth, and language can be clarified by inquiring into the meaning of two notions: disclosure and displacement. Unconcealment and hiding, truth and untruth, disclosure and displacement are the key notions to understanding the various conceptions of language in contemporary approaches to hermeneutics in continental philosophy. By painting a picture of the different meanings of these concepts in the work of Heidegger, Ricoeur, and Derrida, illuminating the differences and affinities of their respective projects, he finds an original way of showing how these three thinkers mutually discuss the relation between truth and language.
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Language Truth and Logic

The basic thesis of this work is that philosophy should not squander its energies upon the unknowable, but should perform its proper function in criticism and analysis.

Author: Alfred Jules Ayer

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486113098

Category: Philosophy

Page: 160

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"A delightful book … I should like to have written it myself." — Bertrand Russell First published in 1936, this first full-length presentation in English of the Logical Positivism of Carnap, Neurath, and others has gone through many printings to become a classic of thought and communication. It not only surveys one of the most important areas of modern thought; it also shows the confusion that arises from imperfect understanding of the uses of language. A first-rate antidote for fuzzy thought and muddled writing, this remarkable book has helped philosophers, writers, speakers, teachers, students, and general readers alike. Mr. Ayers sets up specific tests by which you can easily evaluate statements of ideas. You will also learn how to distinguish ideas that cannot be verified by experience — those expressing religious, moral, or aesthetic experience, those expounding theological or metaphysical doctrine, and those dealing with a priori truth. The basic thesis of this work is that philosophy should not squander its energies upon the unknowable, but should perform its proper function in criticism and analysis.
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Renaissance Truth and the Latin Language Turn

The book's main thesis is that the Latin language turn was not only concurrent with other aspects of change, but was a fundamental instrument in reconfiguring horizons of thought, reformulating paradigms of argument, and rearticulating the ...

Author: Ann Moss

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0199249873

Category: Literary Criticism

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"This is not a narrow philological study of language change. The book's main thesis is that the Latin language turn was not only concurrent with other aspects of change, but was a fundamental instrument in reconfiguring horizons of thought, reformulating paradigms of argument, and rearticulating the relationship between fiction and truth. The book examines particularly crucial documents by a few major figures (Erasmus, Lefevre d'Etaples, Melanchthon), but it is original in the way it brings to the fore the contributions of secondary writers who rarely find their way into general histories of the period, but who are important markers of stages in the shift that the book is charting, and hence of the overall change that shift helped to engineer. The book is very wide-ranging in its scope. Many of its topics feature for the first time in a synthesizing account of the intellectual history of the period. They include the history of Latin dictionaries and phrase-books; discourses of theological debate and popular piety; the changing ground-rules for religious disputation; early ventures in literary criticism; the emergence of personal subjectivity and a new religious sensibility; and the posthumous fortunes and misfortunes of a major saint."--BOOK JACKET.
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Reference Truth and Reality

The papers in this collection discuss the central questions about the connections between language, reality and human understanding.

Author: Mark Platts

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315533872

Category: Philosophy

Page: 354

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The papers in this collection discuss the central questions about the connections between language, reality and human understanding. The complex relations between accounts of meaning and facts about ordinary speakers’ understanding of their language are examined so as to illuminate the philosophical character of the connections between language and reality. The collection as a whole is a thematically unified treatment of some of the most central questions within contemporary philosophy of language.
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Truth and Speech Acts

This innovative collection addresses such themes as: the relation between the concept of truth and the success conditions of assertions and kindred speech acts the linguistic devices of expressing the truth of a proposition the relation ...

Author: Dirk Greimann

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135197599

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 416

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Whereas the relationship between truth and propositional content has already been intensively investigated, there are only very few studies devoted to the task of illuminating the relationship between truth and illocutionary acts. This book fills that gap. This innovative collection addresses such themes as: the relation between the concept of truth and the success conditions of assertions and kindred speech acts the linguistic devices of expressing the truth of a proposition the relation between predication and truth.
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Religion

Author: Patrick Sherry

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349029891

Category: Religion

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Language Truth and Logic

Ayer was only 24 when he finished LANGUAGE, TRUTH & LOGIC, yet it shook the foundations of Anglo-American philosophy and made its author notorious.

Author: A.J. Ayer

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141911809

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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If you can't prove something, it is literally senseless - so argues Ayer in this irreverent and electrifying book. Statements are either true by definition (as in maths), or can be verified by direct experience. Ayer rejected metaphysical claims about god, the absolute, and objective values as completely nonsensical. Ayer was only 24 when he finished LANGUAGE, TRUTH & LOGIC, yet it shook the foundations of Anglo-American philosophy and made its author notorious. It became a classic text, cleared away the cobwebs in philosophical thinking, and has been enormously influential.
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Truth Language and History

Continuing to explore the themes that have occupied him for more than 50 years, Donald Davidson looks at the philosophy of language, epistemology, metaphysics and the philosophy of the mind in order to make interconnections between his own ...

Author: Donald Davidson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198237563

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Continuing to explore the themes that have occupied him for more than 50 years, Donald Davidson looks at the philosophy of language, epistemology, metaphysics and the philosophy of the mind in order to make interconnections between his own views and some of the major philosophers of the past.
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Truth and Meaning

Author: Kenneth Taylor

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 1577180496

Category: Philosophy

Page: 416

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This lucid and wide-ranging volume constitutes a self-contained introduction to the elements and key issues of the philosophy of language.
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Speaking of God

In this theological tour de force D. Stephen Long addresses a key question in current theological debate: the conditions of the possibility of God-talk, along with attending questions about natural theology, fideism, and theological truth ...

Author: D. Stephen Long

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802845726

Category: Religion

Page: 341

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In this theological tour de force D. Stephen Long addresses a key question in current theological debate: the conditions of the possibility of God-talk, along with attending questions about natural theology, fideism, and theological truth-claims. He engages not only the most significant contemporary theologians and philosophers on this score (Denys Turner, Bruce Marshall, Charles Taylor, Fergus Kerr) but also the legacy of twentieth-century theology (Barth, von Balthasar) and the analytic philosophical tradition from Wittgenstein to Davidson. Throughout, Long sustains a careful exegetical engagement with Aquinas, showing that what s at stake in contemporary theology is just how we inherit St. Thomas. / Central to Long s project is averting the charge of fideism so often laid at the feet of postliberal approaches (like his own). To that end Long argues for a (chastened) natural theology, while challenging any simple distinction between natural and confessional theology. / In joining these many voices into one conversation, Long does a remarkable job of surveying the current theological scene with respect to issues of language and truth, arguing for the need to deal head-on with classical questions of metaphysics. . . . An excellent and significant book. James K. A. Smith / Calvin College / Long s discussion of the topic of God and language offers a refreshingly original treatment of traditional approaches. His book cannot be ignored by anyone interested in this topic at any level. John Milbank / University of Nottingham
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Language Truth and Literature

... the way in which one responds aesthetically to the poem whether one takes it
to be addressed to. 61. See here Longley's note at Poems, p. 277. 62. An
additional, and intriguing, possibility is that the poem 42 language, truth, and
literature.

Author: Richard Gaskin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199657902

Category: Literary Criticism

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According to the literary humanist, works of imaginative literature have an objective meaning which is fixed at the time of their production and which is the same for all readers, then and thereafter, not subject to the vagaries of individual readers' responses. Richard Gaskin offers a defence of literary humanism against assault from two directions. On the one hand, some analytic aestheticians have argued that works of literature do not bear referentially on theworld or make true statements about it; others hold that such works do not make a contribution to knowledge; others again allow that works of literature may have cognitive value, but deny that thisdepends on their having truth or reference. On the other hand, reception-theorists and deconstructionists have rejected the humanist's objectivist conception of literary meaning, and typically take a pragmatist and anti-realist approach to truth and meaning. In defending literary humanism against these forms of attack, Gaskin shows that the reading and appreciation of literature is a cognitive activity fully on a par with scientific investigation, and that we can and should engage in itdisinterestedly for the sake of what can be learnt about the world and our place in it.
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The History of Britain Revealed

Think you know where the English language came from? This work seeks to destroy the cherished national myths of the English, the Scots, the Welsh, the Irish and the French.

Author: M. J. Harper

Publisher: Icon Books Company

ISBN: 1840468351

Category: Anglo-Saxons

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This is a truly original blistering attack on the standard history of Britain and the origins of the English language. Think you know where the English language came from? Think again. In gloriously corrosive prose, M.J. Harper destroys the cherished national myths of the English, the Scots, the Welsh, the Irish and - to demonstrate his lack of national bias - the French. He shows that: most of the entries in the Oxford English Dictionary are wrong; the whole of British place-name theory is misconceived; Latin is not what it seems; the Anglo-Saxons played no major part in our history or language; and middle English is a wholly imaginary language created by well-meaning but deluded academics. Iconoclastic, unsentimental and truly original, "The History of Britain Revealed" will change the way you think about the history of the United Kingdom, the origin of the English language - and much else besides. It is an essential but rarely comforting read for anyone who believes that history matters.
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Heidegger and Unconcealment

This book includes ten essays that trace the notion of unconcealment as it develops from Heidegger's early writings to his later work, shaping his philosophy of truth, language and history.

Author: Mark A. Wrathall

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139492751

Category: Philosophy

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This book includes ten essays that trace the notion of unconcealment as it develops from Heidegger's early writings to his later work, shaping his philosophy of truth, language and history. 'Unconcealment' is the idea that what entities are depends on the conditions that allow them to manifest themselves. This concept, central to Heidegger's work, also applies to worlds in a dual sense: first, a condition of entities manifesting themselves is the existence of a world; and second, worlds themselves are disclosed. The unconcealment or disclosure of a world is the most important historical event, and Heidegger believes there have been a number of quite distinct worlds that have emerged and disappeared in history. Heidegger's thought as a whole can profitably be seen as working out the implications of the original understanding of unconcealment.
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The Aryan origin of the Gaelic race and language

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TOWERS 315 The pillar towers of Ireland , how
wondrously they stand , By the lakes and rushing rivers , through the valleys of
our land ; In mystic file through the isle , they lift their heads sublime , These grey
old ...

Author: Ulick Joseph Bourke

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ISBN: OXFORD:600092862

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