Unfortunately, this section is an exception. Regrettably, Jackendoff cannot deal with the big concepts either. Do you follow the distinction? And halfway through the book, his argument completely falls apart. He presents this theory with his characteristic obscurity and lack of evidence, only to never mention these attributed word-feelings again.
Clarity and step-by-step argument is not standard procedure in Thought and Meaning. Call me old-fashioned, but I believe theories should be given due time to be presented with attention and precision, instead of rushing over details in order to move on to the conclusion. Evidently he wants to reach beyond even the fields of linguistics, cognitive studies, philosophy, and psychology, to discuss society at large — and all in under three hundred pages.
User's Guide to Thought and Meaning (eBook, PDF)
Does your language determine your thought? Part Two: Consciousness and Perception What's it like to be thinking? Some phenomena that test the Unconscious Meaning Hypothesis Conscious and unconscious What does "What is consciousness? Three cognitive correlates of conscious thought Some prestigious theories of consciousness What's it like to see things? Two components of thought and meaning See something as a fork Other modalities of spatial perception How do we see the world as "out there"?
How do we use language to talk about the world? Mismatching reference in conversation What kinds of things can we refer to? Cognitive metaphysics, Lesson 1 Referential files for pictures and thoughts What's truth? Problems for an ordinary perspective on truth What's it like to judge a sentence true?
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Add to Wishlist. USD Chapter 10 addresses the question of how useful visual images are to meaning. While images are helpful for perception, they cannot express crucial information about time, types of discourse, or statements of fact versus possibility. We turn to categories in Chapter In the ordinary perspective, category boundaries are sharply drawn, whereas in the cognitive perspective, smooth transitions between elements of scales are more widely accepted. While not all concepts are expressed through language, all concepts have meaning, and paired with pronunciation, a connection between language and thought exists.
This is possibly due to the fact that the speakers of Tzeltal live on the side of a mountain where uphill and downhill are crucial concepts, but we cannot say much about the way Tzeltal speakers think based on their language. Cultural differences are far more fruitful for understanding cross-linguistic variation. Part 2, Consciousness and Perception begins with Chapter 15, where Jackendoff asks deeper philosophical questions about eternal essences and meaningfulness.
He describes conscious thoughts from the ordinary and cognitive perspectives. The ordinary perspective considers only the conscious mind where a thought is the interpretation of meaningfulness through a visual image in the mind.
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However, there is a linkage between the conscious mind and the unconscious mind in the cognitive perspective, using pronunciation as a marker of meaning. This leads to the Unconscious Meaning Hypothesis UMH to highlight the complex inter-workings of pronunciation, meaningfulness, and meaning. Chapter 16 continues to explain the UMH, two sentences can represent the same unconscious thought using two phonological handles to connect them. The focus of Chapter 17 is the difference between consciousness and unconsciousness. In the ordinary perspective, consciousness equates roughly to experiential awareness and response to stimuli.
This focus continues in Chapter 18 where consciousness is further examined from the point of view of psychologists and philosophers. Chapter 19 deals with three cognitive correlates of conscious thought: phonology, syntax, and semantics.
Each of these systems organises an area of language, but also can be considered as a cognitive correlate of experience or conscious thought. The UMH is expanded to include the unconscious areas of conscious thought through the addition of a meaningfulness monitor and an image monitor, both of which are bridges between the conscious and unconscious minds in processing thoughts which are associated with sounds.
Some theories of consciousness are summarised in Chapter 20, recalling the neurological and philosophical perspectives on consciousness and how they relate to the UMH. However, none of these theories appropriately deals with language, and for that reason, UMH is a necessary endeavour. Chapter 21 considers how we see objects, and what that can say about our overall experience of consciousness. Visual understanding is also completely hidden from our conscious mind, which reinforces the UMH, through visual media. In Chapter 22, we find two components of thought and meaning: spatial structure how objects are arranged and how they move , and conceptual structure all the things that you know, categorised and encoded for everything we know about them that does not deal directly with language.
These two components inform a further elucidation of the UMH, as they help to link the visual surface and pronunciation, respectively. We continue with visual perception in Chapter 23, asking what happens when we see a fork. Spatial perception is the focus of Chapter 24, with descriptions of how each area of spatial perception is experienced. As spatial structure is perceived, it is encoded for size and shape through haptic perception, and output as language. There are, of course, limits to haptic perception, and vision is used in conjunction with haptic perception to form spatial perception.
Chapter 25 concentrates on character tags and content features, which affect the character of experience and the categorical organisation of objects. These binary relationships help to build conscious experience, incorporating the UMH to help us understand how the mind works. Part 3, Reference and Truth, begins with Chapter 27, where the focus returns to meanings, specifically the referential function of meanings.
Everything that we know about an individual is stored as a detailed reference file that can be recalled at little notice. These reference files are not limited to people and physical objects, but rather can be applied to virtual matter.