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This front matter section of the book Ockham's Assumption of Mental Speech: Thinking in a World of Particulars contains the table of contents, acknowledgements and a list of abbreviations. The book discusses preparatory function of setting the stage for the discussion of mental speech: according to the fourteenth century's 'terminist' logic, signification and supposition are the fundamental properties of terms and terms are the basic semantic units of which propositions are composed. Ockham takes mental 'expressions' to be constitutive of the signification and supposition of spoken expressions in a way that commits him to the view that mental speech involves the use of a kind of language with both a semantics and a syntax.

Keywords: mental speech; Ockham; semantics; syntax



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