Philosophy of Linguistics

Series Editor:

  • Dov M. Gabbay, King's College London, UK
  • Paul Thagard, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • John Woods, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Edited by

  • Ruth Kempson, Department of Philosophy, King's College London
  • Tim Fernando, Computer Science Dept, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
  • Nicholas Asher, Computational Linguistics Lab, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Philosophy of Linguistics investigates the foundational concepts and methods of linguistics, the scientific study of human language. This groundbreaking collection, the most thorough treatment of the philosophy of linguistics ever published, brings together philosophers, scientists and historians to map out both the foundational assumptions set during the second half of the last century and the unfolding shifts in perspective in which more functionalist perspectives are explored. The opening chapter lays out the philosophical background in preparation for the papers that follow, which demonstrate the shift in the perspective of linguistics study through discussions of syntax, semantics, phonology and cognitive science more generally. The volume serves as a detailed introduction for those new to the field as well as a rich source of new insights and potential research agendas for those already engaged with the philosophy of linguistics.

Part of the Handbook of the Philosophy of Science series edited by:

Dov M. Gabbay, King's College, London, UK;
Paul Thagard, University of Waterloo, Canada; and
John Woods, University of British Columbia, Canada.

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Researchers, graduate students and senior undergraduates in all branches of the philosophy of science, as well as chemists and their students who are interested in methodological issues that arise in their discipline


Book information

  • Published: January 2012
  • Imprint: NORTH-HOLLAND
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-51747-0

Table of Contents

1. Linguistics and Philosophy (Jaroslav Peregrin)
2. Structure (Howard Lasnik and Juan Uriagereka)
3. Logical Grammar (Glyn Morrill)
5. Minimalism (Wolfram Hinzen)
6. Computational Linguistics (Gerald Penn)
7. The Metaphyiscs of Natural Language(s) (Emmon Bach and Wynn Chao)
8. Meaning and Use (Robert van Rooij)
9. Context in Content Composition (Nicholas Asher)
10. Type Theory and Semantics in Flux (Robin Cooper)
11. Language, Linguistics and Cognition (Giosuè Baggio, Michiel van Lambalgen and Peter Hagoort)
12. Representationalsim and Linguistic Knowledge (Ronnie Cann, Ruth Kempson and Daniel Wedgwood)
13. Philosophy of Phonology (Philip Carr)
14. Computational Learning Theory and Language Acquisition (Alexander Clark and Shalom Lappin)
15. Linguistics from an Evolutionary Point of View (James R. Hurford)
16. Linguistics and Gender Studies (Sally McConnell-Ginet)
17. Anthropological Linguistics (William O. Beeman)