Nicholas Ostler

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Drawing on a growing database of systematic relationships between word-senses, the authors argue that a significant class of these represent Lexical Implication Rules, a set of formal rules within the domain of lexical semantics; these they distinguish from other types of semantic relation more closely dependent on metaphor and world-knowledge. Some formal(More)
Cultural relativism is not the only, or even primary, way to interpret “the limits of my language”: but, for Wittgenstein, ironically, the limits are shown to be his failure to recognize the existence of different languages. This view, which could be termed “cultural universalism”, is typical of Western philosophers. It relies implicitly on the thesis that(More)
The words here are surprisingly numerous (e.g. there are up to 1,000 such terms in English, whereas not more than a tenth as many words denote kinds of perception). They give rise to a classificatory network, one which is to a tantalizing extent organizable on a hierarchical principle (witness the attractiveness of taxonomic approaches, as Searle and(More)
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