Review of Metaphysics 40 (3):451-463 (1987)

Robert Sokolowski
Catholic University of America
FERDINAND DE SAUSSURE says that a word is composed of two parts, a sound-image and a concept: "The linguistic sign unites not a thing and a name, but a concept and an acoustic image." The sound-image signifies the concept: the sound-image is the signifier, the concept is the signified. De Saussure is only one of a large company of thinkers who describe words in this way. Most philosophical and semiotic analyses of words claim that words have two components, a dimension of sounds and a dimension of concepts.
Keywords Concept  Language  Mental Object  Speech Act  Word
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