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Prelude: Framing the Problem of Language and Meaning

  • Edward McDonald
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Part of the The M.A.K. Halliday Library Functional Linguistics Series book series (TMAKHLFLS)

Abstract

Meaning is the “big problem” of language:

Primary sources

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Suggestions for further reading

    Aristotle

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    Xunzi

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  • Edward McDonald
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  1. 1.SydneyAustralia

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