il cane e bianco

Il cane e bianco - Isaac 1 Katherine Isaac Language the Human A Giannakidou December 6 2007 Il Cane Bianco Meaning in Language What exactly do I

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Isaac 1 Katherine Isaac A. Giannakidou December 6, 2007 Il Cane è Bianco: Meaning in Language What exactly do I know when I learn a language? Is it vocabulary? For example, I know that “the dog” in Italian is il cane . Am I associating the word cane with a quadruped mammal (and all other biological characteristics that make a dog a dog) or am I only subconsciously acknowledging that “dog = cane [CAH-neh]”? By doing so, I am only associating cane with its English equivalent—instead of thinking of the animal itself. Am I even associating the word cane as an animal? Am I relating these two words —a dog is an animal—in order to understand what the word cane means? When learning the vocabulary of another language, do I associate with what I already know in my native language? When a native English speaker who is instructed in the Italian language reads il cane e bianco ,” does he think “the dog is white” or does he just know “ il cane e bianco ?” In order to understand what he has read, an English speaker will translate “ il cane e bianco ” into “the dog is white.” Because English is his native language, it will forever be the language that is used in order to understand meaning in another language. This leads me to address the concept of understanding meaning in language, and, to this concept, there are two parts: sentence meaning and word meaning. Regarding the relationship between the two, P.F. Strawson, in his essay titled Meaning and Truth, states:
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Isaac 2 We must acknowledge, as two complementary truths, first, that the meaning of a sentence in general depends, in some systematic way, on the meanings of the words that make it
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HUMA 17000 taught by Professor Giannakidou during the Winter '07 term at UChicago.

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Il cane e bianco - Isaac 1 Katherine Isaac Language the Human A Giannakidou December 6 2007 Il Cane Bianco Meaning in Language What exactly do I

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