Assumptions about Communication, etc.
delancey at OREGON.UOREGON.EDU
Tue Mar 6 17:49:38 UTC 2001
On Mon, 5 Mar 2001, Noel Rude wrote:
> But one wonders -- might the fact that we posit semantic roles such as Agent
> (intentional cause) be of interest to philosophers? One assumes they know
> about this -- they do, don't they?
They know all about that one--the concept of intentional Agent is
originally theirs. We lifted it from them without thinking carefully
about whether it was really suited for our needs, which IMO it
certainly isn't--there's very little *grammatical* evidence for the
relevance of intention to the Agent role (in the linguistic, as
opposed to the philosopher's, sense).
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