Language and the mind

On concepts and value

Bert Peeters*

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The distinction between I- and E-concepts, derived from Chomsky’s (1986) distinction between I- and E-language, has become an integral part of Jackendoff’s conceptual semantics. Where, if at all, are they to be found in the model of the mind proposed in Jackendoff’s core paper, i.e., in which of the three rings? How do they relate to the idea of I- and E-values, independently proposed by myself (but similarly inspired) in the framework of a theory of lexical semantics known as conceptual axiology? Where in the mind, if at all, are the latter to be found? I will argue that something is missing both in Jackendoff’s conceptual semantics and in his picture of the mind: he fails to distinguish between meanings, values and concepts, and talks instead about “conceptual structure” —which presumably belongs to the conscious mind, and to it alone. In an attempt to bring values and concepts together in a comprehensive picture, I will point to the similarities between sensory and linguistic input, and provide details relating to the act of communication as I have come to see it throughout the years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-152
Number of pages14
JournalPragmatics and Cognition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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