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Andrea Moro

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034890

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034890.001.0001

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Toward the Source of Order

Toward the Source of Order

(p.71) 7 Toward the Source of Order
Impossible Languages

Andrea Moro

The MIT Press

Is language structure influenced by the organization of the physical world as observed by means of our senses? Or is it rather the opposite, namely the structure of language influences our perception and representation of the world. After some historical observation the notion of analogy and anomaly is explored by providing a clear empirical case constituted by those sentences which contain the verb “to be” as a main verb (copular sentences):

Keywords:   World-Language relationship, Modistae, Analogy, Anomaly, Copular sentences, Verb “to be”, Actions, “Calculese”, Dynamic Antisimmetry

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