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for "What's in a word?"


novel representations
The way that language represents objects, events, and relationships provides a uniquely powerful economy of reference. It offers a means for generating an essentially infinite variety of novel representations, and an unprecedented inferential engine for predicting events, organizing memories, and planning behaviors. It entirely shapes our thinking and the ways we know the physical world. It is so pervasive and inseperable from human intelligence in general that it is difficult to distinguish what aspects of the human intellect have not been molded and streamlined by it. -- Terrence W. Deacon, The Symbolic Species, p 22 (W. W. Norton & Co., New York, 1997)

Philosophic truth is to be sought in the presuppositions of language rather than in its express statements. -- Alfred North Whitehead, 1938, Modes of Thought, p vii (The Free Press, New York)

stabilizing proper functions
One of the proper functions of the various language devices must be to do things that keep hearers responding in the old ways with some degree of uniformity. Otherwise the language device would die out. ... The stabilizing and standardizing proper function(s) of the language device is that hypothesized function(s) that tends at the same time to keep speakers using the device in standard ways and to keep hearers responding to it in standard ways, thus stabilizing its function(s). -- Ruth Garrett Millikan, Language, Thought, and other Biological Categories pp 31-32 (MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1984)

wait upon, hope in
They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. -- Isaiah 40:31 King James Version (Note: the Hebrew word qawahl here translated wait upon may also be translated hope in or look for with eager expectation.)


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