dan_everett at SIL.ORG
Tue Mar 6 22:24:26 UTC 2001
To Esa and Tom,
First, Esa's posting still leaves me thinking that there is a lot of
literature out there which handles intentionality much better than
linguists. For us to discuss it without doing our homework and placing
our discoveries in the context of what is already known would be
unfortunate. And as Scott pointed out, even the notion 'intentional
agent' comes from philosophy (although linguists have paid back their
debt on that one with considerable empirical work. Unfortunately, few
philosophers really read the linguistics literature well, as we often
neglect their literature. Rick Grush, John Searle, Jerry Fodor, and a
couple of others stand out as exceptions, but there are not many).
As to Tom's posting, well, I just don't think that the brain is quite
so neatly partioned as Tom seems to suggest. 'Press here for
rationality' 'Press here for intentionality', etc. I am seriously
skeptical about that understanding of the neurological research.
Perhaps an LSA institute course on 'intentionality', offered by Searle
or other philosopher with a strong publication record in this area.
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