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, and s...

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Main Author: Chafe, Wallace L. (Author)
Format: eBook
Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
Online Access:CONNECT
Table of Contents:
  • Machine generated contents note: Prologue; Part I. Preliminaries: 1. Background; 2. Ground rules; Part II. Thoughts and their Properties: 3. The priority of thoughts; 4. The path from a thought to a sound; 5. How thoughts are structured; 6. How thoughts are experienced; 7. How thoughts are shared; 8. How thoughts flow through time; Part III. Verbalization Illustrated: 9. From a thought to a sound in English; 10. From a thought to a sound in a polysynthetic language; Part IV. Related Issues: 11. The translation paradox; 12. Repeated verbalizations of the same thought; 13. Rethinking Whorf; 14. Lessons from literature; Part V. Common Ways of Orienting Thoughts: 15. Small numbers and subitizing; 16. Thoughts and gender; 17. Time, tense, memory, and imagination; 18. Relating ideas to reality; Part VI. The Emotional Component of Thoughts: 19. Emotional involvement in a conversation; 20. The feeling of nonseriousness; 21. How language can be beautiful; Epilogue; Index.