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A cognitive approach to reference

Henningsson, Lars-Åke LU (1996) In Working Papers, Lund University, Dept. of Linguistics 45.
Abstract
When we talk about something, we need to indicate what we talk about. Sometimes we can use pointing gestures but mainly we have to rely on words. A pointing gesture can direct attention in perceived space, but how do we direct attention with words? What can we do with speech sounds we hear, to find out what somebody wants to tell us about something and what that something is? Questions about reference could be posed in different ways. To formulate such questions in the way done above, as questions about how reference relations are established when we use language for communicative purposes, is to pose them within a cognitive perspective. The reference problem conceived cognitively concerns how cognitive processes in which reference... (More)
When we talk about something, we need to indicate what we talk about. Sometimes we can use pointing gestures but mainly we have to rely on words. A pointing gesture can direct attention in perceived space, but how do we direct attention with words? What can we do with speech sounds we hear, to find out what somebody wants to tell us about something and what that something is? Questions about reference could be posed in different ways. To formulate such questions in the way done above, as questions about how reference relations are established when we use language for communicative purposes, is to pose them within a cognitive perspective. The reference problem conceived cognitively concerns how cognitive processes in which reference relations are established should be characterised. (Less)
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  abstract     = {When we talk about something, we need to indicate what we talk about. Sometimes we can use pointing gestures but mainly we have to rely on words. A pointing gesture can direct attention in perceived space, but how do we direct attention with words? What can we do with speech sounds we hear, to find out what somebody wants to tell us about something and what that something is? Questions about reference could be posed in different ways. To formulate such questions in the way done above, as questions about how reference relations are established when we use language for communicative purposes, is to pose them within a cognitive perspective. The reference problem conceived cognitively concerns how cognitive processes in which reference relations are established should be characterised.},
  author       = {Henningsson, Lars-Åke},
  language     = {eng},
  series       = {Working Papers, Lund University, Dept. of Linguistics},
  title        = {A cognitive approach to reference},
  volume       = {45},
  year         = {1996},
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