|From:||William Frank <williamf.frank@xxxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Fri, 27 Apr 2012 20:40:47 -0400|
From what Leo is saying,
I take the underlying point to be, and it is a critical yet subtle one,
in model theory terms:
the ***model*** is what is really important: the world we are modelling, where things happen, (events), things persist (whatever you want to call entities or the like), etc. We've *got* to have one of these models, to think with.
A speech act is a kind of event, some actor performs the act. The propositional content of the act is not part of the type of the event. A request is an action-- an act in which the requestor asks another actor to do something (this something is not a subtype of request), which other actor has the right to decide whether or not to do, based on the request. A command is a similar but different action -- an act in which the commander indicates an action that the commanded must perform, -- the commanded actor is obligated to do as commanded.
The language semantics are the linquistic entities **refering** to the model. this has things like verbs in it, that generally **refer to** events, and nouns, which might refer to things that we model as events or happenings (perhaps avalanches) or to things we model as persisting (cities). For example, the particle 'ma' in chinese, the interrogative symbol '?' the interogative facial _expression_ of raising the eyebrows. All different vocabulary items that refer to the same model element the event of asking. We might or might not have one or more of these language sematics, separate from the model.
I hope this helps explain the essence of this, in an informal way.
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