Following on from recent work in minimalist syntax and ethology, I explore the implications of assuming that the operation Label is the defining feature of the human computational system. It is shown that labeling is responsible for a number of semantic and cognitive properties of the interpretative systems, a conclusion with direct repercussions for the study of the mind/brain. Finally, it is shown that the emergence of Label limits and directs human referentiality.
Reference, Animal cognition, Ethology, Labeling effects, Minimalism
How to Cite
Murphy, E., (2015) “Reference, Phases and Individuation: Topics at the Labeling-Interpretive Interface”, Opticon1826 17, Art. 5.