Bloomfield and semantics
Bloomfield’s position with regard to meaning and its importance in human use of language has been persistently misinterpreted. From a Wundtian, mentalistic psychology in his 1914 Introduction, he passed to a Weissian, non-mentalistic approach, as a result of which he considered it impossible to capture the totality of meaning because of its inaccessibility to scientific investigation by currently available techniques. Far from excluding considerations of meaning from our study of language, he regarded them as nevertheless essential. The author finds both Bloomfield’s and his critics’ views of the nature of meaning unsatisfactory, because they regard meaning as existent somewhere outside of the individual speaker. In this respect, Bloomfield’s point of view in his 1914 book was closer to reality than that which he expressed in his 1933 Language.
1914 An Introduction to the Study of Language
. New York: Henry Holt. (New ed., with an introduction by Joseph F. Kess
, Amsterdam: J. Benjamins 1983.)
. New York: Henry Holt.
”. Monatshefte für deutschen Unterricht
351.101–106. (Repr. in A Leonard Bloomfield Anthology
ed. by C. F. Hockett
, 400–405. Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press 1970.)
“Ancora il neutro italiano e rumeno
”. L’Italia Dialettale
Fries, Charles Carpenter
“Meaning and linguistic analysis
Hall, Robert A., Jr.
“Some recent developments in American linguistics
”. Neuphilologische Mitteilungen
“Why a structural semantics is impossible
”. Language Sciences
211.1–6. (Repr. in Hall
, Language, Literature, and Life
, 85–95. Lake Bluff, Ill.: Jupiter Press 1978.)
“The semantics of the Rumanian neuter
”. Rumanian Studies
21.189–192. Reprinted in Hall
: Language, Literature, and Life
, 96–99 (Lake Bluff, Illinois: Jupiter Press 1978).
”. To appear in Twelfth LACUS Forum
Hockett, Charles F.
1958 A course in modern linguistics
. New York: Macmillan.
Ogden, C. K. & I. A. Richards
1923 The meaning of meaning
. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, and Trübner; New York: Harcourt, Brace.
Cited by 1 other publications
Heitner, Reese M.
. An odd couple: Chomsky and Quine on reducing the phoneme
. Language Sciences
pp. 1 ff.
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