Philosophy (Language and Thought) OpenCourseWare: The Open University's Free Bachelor Level Philosophy Class

Published Feb 15, 2009

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Language's foundation is the ability to transmit ideas from one person to another. 'Language and Thought: Introducing Representation' provides an outline of representation--the theories of how words convey particular meanings to facilitate interpersonal communication. The Open University offers this free OpenCourseWare for advanced undergraduate students in linguistics and semantics.

Language and Thought (Introducing Representation): Course Specifics

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Language and Thought (Introducing Representation): Course Description

'Language and Thought: Introducing Representation' begins with an overview of the philosophical history of linguistics. Theories of representation--how words become associated with specific things and ideas--are summarized. Readings clarify important terminology including 'subject,' 'agent,' 'attitude' and 'content.' The second unit in 'Language and Thought: Introducing Representation' explores the question of the origin of linguistic meaning. Readings and exercises discuss whether meaning is derived from the speaker's intent or that of the hearer. Further reading seeks to distinguish between natural and non-natural meanings. Forums for registered OpenLearn students allow for discussion with other students taking the OpenCourseWare.

The OpenCourseWare includes readings, exercises and a bibliography for further exploration of linguistic theory. To take 'Language and Thought: Introducing Representation,' go to the introduction to semantic theory course page.

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