Philosophy of Linguistics

1st Edition

Series Editors: Dov M. Gabbay Paul Thagard John Woods
Series Volume Editors: Ruth Kempson Tim Fernando Nicholas Asher
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444517470
eBook ISBN: 9780080930879
Imprint: North Holland
Published Date: 14th January 2012
Page Count: 598
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Table of Contents

General Preface


Editorial Preface

Linguistics and Philosophy

1 The Interaction Between Linguistics & Philosophy

2 Linguistic Conceptions of the Nature of Language

3 Philosophical Conceptions of the Nature of Language

4 Key Concepts

5 Methodological Issues

6 Prospects



1 Introduction

2 The Chomsky Hierarchy

3 Conclusions



Logical Grammar

1 Formal Grammar

2 Logical Tools

3 Formal Syntax and Formal Semantics

4 Grammatical Frameworks

5 Why Might Grammar and Processing be Logical?




1 Minimalism as a Mode of Inquiry

Computational Linguistics

1 Defining Computational Linguistics

2 Narratives of Progress

3 Semantics in CL

4 Bayes's Rule

5 Syntactic Structure In CL

The Metaphysics of Natural Language(s)

1 Introduction

2 History

3 Basic Model Structure

4 Ontological Choices

5 From Natural Language Metaphysics to Real Metaphysics

Meaning and Use

1 Introduction

2 Meaning and Reference

3 Meaning and Use

Context in Content Composition

1 Introduction

2 Tools for the Lexicon from Dynamic Semantics

3 From Type Presupposition to Coercion

4 More on Types

5 A Sketch of a Formal Theory of Lexical Meaning

6 Modality, Aspect and the Verbal Complex

7 Discourse Intrusions Revisited

8 Conclusion

Type Theory and Semantics in Flux

5.2 Word meaning in flux

Language, Linguistics and Cognition

1 Introduction

2 Linguistics And Cognitive Data

3 Planning, Reasoning, Meaning

4 The Binding Problem for Semantics


Representationalism and Linguistic Knowledge



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.

Key Features

  • Provides a bridge between philosophy and current scientific findings
  • Encourages multi-disciplinary dialogue
  • Covers theory and applications


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


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About the Series Editors

Dov M. Gabbay Series Editor

Dov M. Gabbay is Augustus De Morgan Professor Emeritus of Logic at the Group of Logic, Language and Computation, Department of Computer Science, King's College London. He has authored over four hundred and fifty research papers and over thirty research monographs. He is editor of several international Journals, and many reference works and Handbooks of Logic.

Affiliations and Expertise

King's College London, UK

Paul Thagard Series Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Waterloo, Canada

John Woods Series Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

About the Series Volume Editors

Ruth Kempson Series Volume Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Philosophy, King's College London

Tim Fernando Series Volume Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Computer Science Dept, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Nicholas Asher Series Volume Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Computational Linguistics Lab, University of Texas at Austin, USA