Linguistic Meaning Meets Linguistic Form in Action

Manuscrito 45 (1):56-79 (2022)
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In this paper we suggest that Duffley’s sign-based semantics rests on two main claims: a methodological one and an ontological one. The methodological one is the analysis of corpora and the ontological one is the postulate of mental content. By adopting a linguistic enactivist perspective with a Wittgensteinian twist, we endorse Duffley’s methodological claim and suggest that a sign-based semantics doesn’t have to rely on mental content if it takes into account the conception of meaningful material engagement in cognitive archeology and its development into sign-using as an enactive capacity.



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Elena Cuffari
Franklin and Marshall College
Nara Miranda de Figueiredo
Federal University of Santa Maria

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