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Linguistics and Philosophy: The…

Linguistics and Philosophy: The Controversial Interface

by Rom Harré (Editor), Roy Harris (Editor)

Other authors: Sylvain Auroux (Contributor), Nicholas Capadli (Contributor), Rom Harré (Preface), Rom Harré (Contributor), Roy Harris (Preface)7 more, Roy Harris (Contributor), Chris Hutton (Contributor), Djamel Kouloughli (Contributor), Robert McDonough (Contributor), Jan W. F. Mulder (Contributor), H. Stephen Straight (Contributor), Talbot Taylor (Contributor)

Series: Language & Communication Library (Volume 13)

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The ecumenical euphoria of the 1980s has evaporated, and no one any longer believes that generative linguistics might magically solve philosophical problems about the mind, or that some kind of logical formalization offers at last a framework within which linguists can do justice, by their own lights, to the whole gamut - or even to a central core - of linguistic phenomena.
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As hopes that generative linguistics might solve philosophical problems about the mind give way to disillusionment, old problems concerning the relationship between linguistics and philosophy survive unresolved. This collection surveys the historical engagement between the two, and opens up avenues for further reflection. In Part 1 two contrasting views are presented of the interface nowadays called 'philosophy of linguistics'. Part 2 gives a detailed historical survey of the engagement of analytic philosophy with linguistic problems during the present century, and sees the imposition by philosophers of an 'exploratory' model of thinking as a major challenge to the discipline of linguistics. Part 3 poses the problem of whether linguistics is dedicated to describing independently existing linguistic structures or to imposing its own structures on linguistic phenomena. In Part 4 Harris points out some similarities in the way an eminent linguist and an eminent philosopher invoke the analogy between languages and games; while Taylor analyses the rationale of our metalinguistic claims and their relationship to linguistic theorizing. Providing a wide range of views and ideas this book will be of interest to all those interested and involved in the interface of philosophy and linguistics.

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