Abstract

Abstract:

The major treatments of language in pre-Han texts—those of the Mohists and Xunzi—account for the use of words to represent objects through social practices for distinguishing different kinds of things and associating names with things of the same kind. For these theorists, pragmatics explains semantics: shared norms governing the use of names fix reference and thus explain how names can represent objects and express thoughts.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 57-78
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-08
Open Access
No
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