Thought-based linguistics : how languages turn thoughts into sounds /

"The extent to which language is inseparable from thought has long been a major subject of debate across linguistics, psychology, philosophy and other disciplines. In this study, Wallace Chafe presents a thought-based theory of language that goes beyond traditional views that semantics, syntax,...

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Main Author: Chafe, Wallace L. (Author)
Format: Book
Published: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Table of Contents:
  • Part I. Preliminaries
  • Background
  • Ground rules
  • Part II. Thoughts and their properties
  • The priority of thoughts
  • The path from a thought to a sound
  • How thoughts are structured
  • How thoughts are experienced
  • How thoughts are shared
  • How thoughts flow through time
  • Part III. Verbalization illustrated
  • From a thought to a sound in English
  • From a thought to a sound in a polysynthetic language
  • Part IV. Related issues
  • The translation paradox
  • Repeated verbalizations of the same thought
  • Rethinking whorf
  • Lessons from literature
  • Part V. Common ways of orienting thoughts
  • Small numbers and subitizing
  • Thoughts and gender
  • Time, tense, memory, and imagination
  • Relating ideas to reality
  • Part VI. The emotional component of thoughts
  • Emotional involvement in a conversation
  • The feeling of nonseriousness
  • How language can be beautiful.