Special kinds of words: words for words

We’ve spent a whole module discussing words (haven’t done it? Please do – you need it for this!).

But did you notice something?

We didn’t actually talk much about words! It was all about what words refer to (with a detailed argument that, despite appearances to the contrary, all words always refer to concepts) not about words themselves. Read the rest now >>>

 

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Even more special: words for the sound of words

So we’ve talked about words as labels for concepts, and we’ve talked about concepts – but so far we haven’t talked about the label side of words.

This is where semantics interfaces with phonetics in a way that deserves a lot more attention than it usually gets.

Because, when you think it through, it becomes clear that the label for a concept is also a word, with all the intriguing and confounding properties of words that we have discussed. Read the rest now >>>

 

 

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Do you speak like a rainbow?

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The rainbow is a sequence of seven colours, right? Well, sort of right.

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Compare the rainbow on the left with the rainbow on the right. What’s the difference?

The one on the left is a picture of a rainbow. The one on the right is a real rainbow. The picture certainly has seven colours.

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Four dogs

We have seen that the way we think about speech is rather odd compared to how we think about colours. Here’s a more complex, but also interesting example.

It involves some quite advanced skills of thinking about thinking (which as we know is one of the hardest kinds of thinking to get right) - but we think you are up for it! Read the rest now >>>

 

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