By James R. Hurford
This publication is meant as a contribution to linguistic thought within the broadest experience. It bargains a view of language - illustrated via an exam of the linguistics of quantity - which brings jointly concerns of person psychology and of conversation inside a speech group. those strands, the mental and the social, are prepare to offer an evolutionary standpoint on language. The mental concerns relate either to the discovery and to the standard acquisition of language; the social issues relate to the methods contributors negotiate universal general expressions for his or her meanings. Languages, the writer argues, develop throughout the interplay of person minds at the varieties invented and socially negotiated by way of their predecessors. The booklet additionally makes a contribution to the philosophy of numbers; arguing that our wisdom of numbers is comparable to our ownership of language, and that either emerge from a school for developing collections from aggregates.