Academic journal article Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations

Language and Imaginability

Academic journal article Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations

Language and Imaginability

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Language and Imaginability Horst Ruthrof (Murdoch University) Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Pubhshing, 2014, 272 pp. ISBN 978-1-4438-5545-7

Ruthrof asserts that the regulated, motivated signified is stimulated by imaginability by the reorganization of what a speaker is talking about {aboutness), directly altered by the restoration of speech intention, implied deixis carried by voice. Imaginability furthers aboutness altered by the rebuilding of speech modalities, reconciling the gulf between the linguistic system and its nonverbal outside. A semantics of imaginability should call for the theorization of the signified as motivated. The semantics of imaginability uses a transcendental speculative critical procedure for the purpose of identifying the requirements without which we could not perceive language the manner we do. The event of meaning necessitates imaginative awareness of what is being discussed, as an indispensable imaginability condition of language.

The step-down of natural language to semantics without preserving at least a minimum of pragmatic imaginability is deceptive. An important result of considering natural language as if it were formal, or as complying with formalization without harm, is the inevitable removal of imaginability> as one of its basic components. Natural language meaning is implied in hyperintensional semantics, and with it imaginability. Without imaginability, perceived both as a human capacity and an aspect of motivated signifieds, we cannot represent the arbitrary sounds of linguistic expressions as meaningful. …

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