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Dialogue and Universalism

Volume 23, Issue 1, 2013

Culture, Communication and Cognition

Manuela Ungureanu
Pages 15-26
DOI: 10.5840/du201323116

Experiences of Word Meaning

I focus on Barry C. Smith’s investigations in the phenomenology of speech, and on his ambitious, unified theory of both sub-personal and first-personal linguistic knowledge (2008, 2009). I argue that empirical hypotheses about our awareness of word meaning challenge the starting points of his phenomenology of speech, as they require both (1) modifications of his proposed theory of speakers experiences of word meaning, and (2) clarifications of what the phenomenology of speech teaches us and why.

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