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Language, Names, and Information

Language, Names, and Information

Author: Frank Jackson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444351575

Category: Philosophy

Page: 176

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Language, Names, and Information is an important contribution to philosophy of language by one of its foremost scholars, challenging the pervasive view that the description theory of proper names is dead in the water, and defending a version of the description theory from a perspective on language that sees words as a wonderful source of information about the nature of the world we live in. Challenges current pervasive view that the description theory of reference for proper names has been refuted Discusses several topics at the center of current debates, including representation and information, two-dimensionalism, possible worlds, and broad vs. narrow content Maintains the conversational and somewhat informal tone of the original lectures upon which the book is based

The Bantu Languages

The Bantu Languages

Author: Derek Nurse

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135796839

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 727

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Gerard Philippson is Professor of Bantu Languages at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales and is a member of the Dyamique de Langage research team of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Lyon II University. He has mainly worked on comparative Bantu tonology. Other areas of interest include Afro-Asiatic, general phonology, linguistic classification and its correlation with population genetics.

Improving Database Usability and Responsiveness

Improving Database Usability and Responsiveness

Author: Peter Scheuermann

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015004566389

Category: Computers

Page: 480

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The theme of 'usability and responsiveness' has been enlarged to include new meanings of these words as they are reflected in a number of recent areas of database research. Distributed database systems allow for decentralized control and location of data, and they facilitate its usability by ensuring upward growth, more reliability, and faster access. Semantic modeling has been accepted as an important tool in logical database design, and in communication between users and designers. In physical database design, developments have occurred, such as database machines which offload a substantial part of the work from the central processor to achieve more reliability and better performance. The papers selected reflect these new interests, and the continuing efforts to improve usability and responsiveness in query languages, integrity, concurrency, consistency, data translation, and identification.

The Grammar of Names

The Grammar of Names

Author: John M. Anderson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199297412

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 388

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This book is the first systematic account of the syntax and semantics of names. Drawing on work in onomastics, philosophy, and linguistics John Anderson examines the distribution and subcategorization of names within a framework of syntactic categories, and considers how the morphosyntactic behaviour of names connects to their semantic roles. He argues that names occur in two basic circumstances: one involving vocatives and their use in naming predications, where they are notdefinite; the other their use as arguments of predicators, where they are definite. This division is discussed in relation to English, French, Greek, and Seri, and a range of other languages. Professor Anderson reveals that the semantic status of names, including prototypicality, is crucial tounderstanding their morphosyntax and role in derivational relationships. He shows that semantically coherent subsets of names, such as those referring to people and places, are characterized by morphosyntactic properties which may vary from language to language. His original and important investigation will appeal to scholars and advanced students of linguistics and philosophy.

The Book of Name Signs

The Book of Name Signs

Author: Samuel J. Supalla

Publisher: Dawn Sign Press

ISBN: UVA:X004113549

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 132

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Through his research over the years, Dr Supalla, who is deaf, has identified the name sign system which has a pattern to forming and giving name signs within the deaf communities. The need for a formal name sign book has risen dramatically with the increasing use of inappropriate name signs. There is a comprehensive guide and a list of over 500 name signs to help people to select appropriate name signs according to the American Sign Language (ASL) rules of formation and use. The book is written to be both informative and entertaining, and Dr Supalla compels all who are interested to become more aware of deaf people's intriguing signed language and culture, both dating back to the early years of deaf education.