Locke believed that ideas are the immediate objects of all thought, the meaning or signification of all words, and the mental representatives of all things. However, Locke questioned where we got all of the ideas which created the content of our knowledge. We decided in class that we thought that Locke would side with those believing that the idea preceded the word, however you still could say that you need the word or sign to express that idea. I would question how Derrida would approach this issue. A deconstructive view would seem to assert that words only refer to other words, so the word wouldn't properly represent the idea. What unit of language would Darrida say carries meaning?