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Title: Possibilities and Impossibilities of Meaning: A study in semantics
Author: Samir Karmakar
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Institution: Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Linguistic Theories; Philosophy of Language; Semantics
Abstract: Language is all about the imprecision, imperfection and approximation, which are the essence of our existence. Unlike any deterministic school of thought, we don’t have any such faith that word has meaning, since language is polymorphous in nature. Understanding of meaning needs a manipulation of extra-linguistic information, which may vary either synchronically or diachronically, or in both ways. But irrespective of these issues there is still something which is deterministic in nature, and may be an embodied perspective of the language. We have labeled it as functional mind, which works on the hidden mechanism of functions. Moreover, in case of forming categories it plays a crucial role, by partitioning the ontological space, facilitating the goal of cognition.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed


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