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Linguistic meaning meets linguistic form in action
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Sign-based semantics
Cognitive archeology

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FIGUEIREDO, N. M. de .; CUFFARI, E. C. . Linguistic meaning meets linguistic form in action . Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 45, n. 1, p. 56–79, 2022. Disponível em: Acesso em: 23 set. 2023.


In this paper we suggest that Duffley’s sign-based semantics rests on two main claims: a methodological one and an ontological one. The methodological one is the analysis of corpora and the ontological one is the postulate of mental content. By adopting a linguistic enactivist perspective with a Wittgensteinian twist, we endorse Duffley’s methodological claim and suggest that a sign-based semantics doesn’t have to rely on mental content if it takes into account the conception of meaningful material engagement in cognitive archeology and its development into sign-using as an enactive capacity.

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