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The Language Animal

The Full Shape of the Human Linguistic Capacity

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674660205

Publication Date: 03/14/2016


368 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Belknap Press


  • Preface
  • Part I. Language as Constitutive
    • 1. Designative and Constitutive Views
    • 2. How Language Grows
    • 3. Beyond Information Encoding
  • Part II. From Descriptive to Constitutive
    • 4. Hobbes-Locke-Condillac Theory
    • 5. The Figuring Dimension of Language
    • 6. Constitution 1: The Articulation of Meaning
    • 7. Constitution 2: The Creative Force of Discourse
  • Part III. Further Applications
    • 8. How Narrative Makes Meaning
    • 9. The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis
    • 10. Conclusion: The Range of Human Linguistic Capacity
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • Charles Taylor Is Winner of the 2008 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy
  • Charles Taylor Is Winner of the 2007 Templeton Prize
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