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  1. added 2018-09-06
    Speaking Your Mind: Expression in Locke's Theory of Language.Lewis Powell - 2017 - ProtoSociology 34:15-30.
    There is a tension between John Locke’s awareness of the fundamental importance of a shared public language and the manner in which his theorizing appears limited to offering a psychologistic account of the idiolects of individual speakers. I argue that a correct understanding of Locke’s central notion of signification can resolve this tension. I start by examining a long standing objection to Locke’s view, according to which his theory of meaning systematically gets the subject matter of our discourse wrong, by (...)
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  2. added 2018-09-03
    Locke on Meaning and Significance.Michael Losonsky - 1996 - In G. A. J. Rogers (ed.), Locke's Philosophy: Content and Context. Clarendon Press.
    The author argues that Locke's theory of signification in the Essay Concerning Human Understanding is a theory of meaning and defends it against criticisms.
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  3. added 2018-05-11
    John Locke's "Doctrine of Signs": A New Metaphysics.Robert L. Armstrong - 1965 - Journal of the History of Ideas 26 (3):369.
  4. added 2017-02-11
    Locke's Formula and the Scope of Semiotics.David Lidov - 1988 - Semiotics:173-179.
  5. added 2016-01-27
    Jezik in javno: reorganizacija trivija v Lockovem Eseju in v Portroyalski logiki.Gregor Kroupa - 2013 - Filozofski Vestnik 34 (3):57-74.
    "Language and its Public Features: Reorganizing the Trivium in Locke's Essay and Port-Royal Logic" The new theory of language in the 17th century coincides with the end the traditional order of disciplines in the trivium (grammar, logic and rhetoric), which in the mediaeval times provided a comprehensive view of the problems of discourse. The article focuses on some key passages in Port-Royal Logic and Locke's Essay that provide us with a typical early modern scheme of linguistic representation, characterised by heavily (...)
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  6. added 2016-01-27
    Semeiotike [Greek] in Locke.L. J. Russell - 1939 - Mind 48:405.
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  7. added 2015-10-23
    Locke and the Signification of Words.D. Odegard - 1994 - Locke Studies 25.
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  8. added 2015-06-23
    Locke's Theory of Meaning.Charles Landesman - 1976 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 14 (1):23-35.
  9. added 2015-06-22
    The Main Thesis of Locke's Semantic Theory.Norman Kretzmann - 1968 - Philosophical Review 77 (2):175-196.
  10. added 2015-06-15
    Locke's Theory of Signification.Galib Khan - 1987 - Indian Philosophical Quarterly 14 (2):135.
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  11. added 2015-05-19
    Locke's Doctrine of Signification. Hall - 1998 - Locke Studies 29:85-104.
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  12. added 2014-03-24
    Locke and Signification.Walter R. Ott - 2002 - Journal of Philosophical Research 27:449-473.
    This paper addresses the following questions: (a) what did Locke mean when he said that ‘words signify ideas’? and (b) what is Locke’s argument for this thesis, and how successful is it? The paper argues that the two most prominent interpretations, those of Norman Kretzmann and E. J. Ashworth, attribute to Locke an argument for his semantic thesis that is fallacious, and that neither can make good sense of two key passages in book 3 of the Essay concerning Human Understanding. (...)
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  13. added 2014-03-17
    Signification, Intention, Projection.Kenneth P. Winkler - 2009 - Philosophia 37 (3):477-501.
    Locke is what present-day aestheticians, critics, and historians call an intentionalist. He believes that when we interpret speech and writing, we aim—in large part and perhaps even for the most part—to recover the intentions, or intended meanings, of the speaker or writer. Berkeley and Hume shared Locke’s commitment to intentionalism, but it is a theme that recent philosophical interpreters of all three writers have left largely unexplored. In this paper I discuss the bearing of intentionalism on more familiar themes in (...)
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  14. added 2014-01-20
    Locke's Argument From Signification.W. Ott - 2002 - Locke Studies 2:145-76.
    Locke clearly intends what I call his 'linguistic thesis,' the claim that words signify nothing but ideas, to tell against Aristotelian essentialism. I argue that current interpretations of Locke's anti-essentialist arguments have not accorded the linguistic thesis its proper role. This is largely due to the prevalent misreadings of that thesis. Locke's view is that words reliably indicate ideas in the mind of the speaker. It is only once we see this that we can understand how the thesis functions in (...)
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    Lockian teleosemantics.Sally Ferguson - 2001 - Locke Studies 1:105-122.
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  16. added 2013-08-14
    Natural Language and Natural Meaning.David J. Cole - manuscript
    In Book II of the _Essay_, at the beginning of his discussion of language in Chapter II ("Of the Signification of Words"), John Locke writes that we humans have a variety of thoughts which might profit others, but that unfortunately these thoughts lie invisible and hidden from others. And so we use language to communicate these thoughts. As a result, "words, in their primary or immediate signification,stand for nothing but _the ideas in the mind of him that uses them_.
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    Locke on Language.E. J. Ashworth - 1984 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 14 (1):45 - 73.
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  18. added 2013-08-13
    Locke, Leibniz, Language and Hans Aarsleff.Ian Hacking - 1988 - Synthese 75 (2):135 - 153.
  19. added 2013-08-12
    Locke and the Primary Signification of Words: An Approach to Word Meaning.Timothy Pritchard - 2013 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (3):486-506.
    Locke’s claim that the primary signification of (most) words is an idea, or complex of ideas, has received different interpretations. I support the majority view that Locke’s notion of primary signification can be construed in terms of linguistic meaning. But this reading has been seen as making Locke’s account vulnerable to various criticisms, of which I consider two. First, it appears to make the account vulnerable to the charge that an idea cannot play the role that a word meaning should (...)
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  20. added 2013-08-12
    "Do Words Signify Ideas or Things?" The Scholastic Sources of Locke's Theory of Language.E. J. Ashworth - 1981 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 19 (3):299-326.
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