Sapiens and Language

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Title
Sapiens and Language
Author
氏名 Araki Naoki
ヨミ アラキ ナオキ
別名 荒木 直樹
Subject
fictions
language
inter-subjective
nomenclaturism
Sapir-Whorf hypothesis
Abstract

Yuval Noah Harari says that it is thanks to language that Homo sapiens can create fictions, which enable it to cooperate collectively and establish civilizations, which other animals do not have. In short, he insists that language has made Homo sapiens what it is now. Can language produce fictions as he thinks? Some linguists such as Ferdinand de Saussure, Noam Chomsky and B. L. Whorf deny that words refer to things in the world. In other words, they insist that things do not exist in advance of language. If this idea is correct, then it leads to that language can create fictions as Harari says. Has language enabled Homo sapiens to produce fictions and thereby to cooperate collectively and to establish civilizations?

Journal Title
広島工業大学紀要. 研究編
Volume
53
Spage
1
Epage
10
Published Date
2019-02
Publisher
広島工業大学
ISSN
1346-9975
NCID
AA11599110
Language
eng
NIIType
Departmental Bulletin Paper
Text Version
出版社版
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