The Semantics of Grammatical Elements: A New Solution
International Journal of Language and Linguistics
Volume 3, Issue 6, November 2015, Pages: 493-509
Received: Dec. 13, 2015; Accepted: Jan. 4, 2016; Published: Jan. 11, 2016
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Giulio Benedetti, Independent Scholar, Pisa, Italy
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This article is an extremely brief introduction to a new theory in the philosophy of language, called Operational Linguistics (OL). OL deals mainly with the semantics of grammatical elements (adpositions/cases, conjunctions, verbs such as to be and to have, modal verbs, numerals, quantity-related, demonstrative and interrogative-relative pronouns/adjectives, main adverbs, negative, interrogative etc.) and terms (“subject”, “object”, “noun”, “verb” etc.), and is based on the fundamental presupposition that their meaning is mainly given by operations within cognitive functions, amongst which those of attention play a key role. Therefore, the meaning of grammatical elements and terms is defined in extra linguistic terms, i. e., based on something other than language. The theory is unitary, in that it accounts for all the grammatical elements and terms on the basis of the same (few) theoretical presuppositions.
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Operational Linguistics, Mental Operations, Attention, Semantics, Grammar, Constructivism
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Giulio Benedetti, The Semantics of Grammatical Elements: A New Solution, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 3, No. 6, 2015, pp. 493-509. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20150306.34
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