In the early days of this blog I came across a paper by Giorgio Marchetti titled A Presentation of Attentional Semantics. It immediately became apparent that Marchetti had found a way out of the hall of mirrors and paradoxes that emerge if you think of meaning as a thing with properties. Thus, I immediately declared myself for this new understanding (see: Attention! It's a Revolution). Looking back at that post of four years ago I see I ended with a list of things I still believe (although I would rephrase them slightly):
- The function of speech is joint attention.
- The elements of speech are words, the tools for directing attention.
- Speech arose as part of general evolution from joint attention on the ape level to joint attention on the human level.
I see that Marchetti has published a new book Consciousness, Attention and Meaning summarizing his work of the past eight years. Check it out!