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Semantics and the philosophy of language

Leonard Linsky

Semantics and the philosophy of language

a collection of readings.

by Leonard Linsky

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Published by University of Illinois Press in Urbana .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Semantics

  • Edition Notes

    Includes bibliography.

    SeriesIllini Books IB-63, Illini book -- IB-63.
    The Physical Object
    Pagination289 p.
    Number of Pages289
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL13578266M
    OCLC/WorldCa1968359

    This book offers an introduction to philosophy of language by explaining ten classic, often anthologized, texts. This work is closely related, though not identical, to one-factor theories of conceptual role semantics. Mooredeveloped in response to what they perceived as the nonsense dominating British philosophy departments at the turn of the 20th century, which was a kind of British Idealism most of which was derived albeit very distantly from the work of Hegel. A proper suppositio, in turn, can be either formal or material accordingly when it refers to its usual non-linguistic referent as in "Charles is a man"or to itself as a linguistic entity as in "Charles has seven letters". His pupil John Searle developed the idea under the label " speech acts ". Gadamer also claims that every language constitutes a world-view, because the linguistic nature of the world frees each individual from an objective environment: "

    Is language acquisition a special faculty in the mind? Etymology the study of the origins of words and stylistics philosophical argumentation over what makes "good grammar", relative to a particular language are two other examples of fields that are taken to be meta-semantic. Such a group might include all human beings, or a subset thereof consisting of more than one person. He proposed simply translating natural languages into first-order predicate calculus in order to reduce meaning to a function of truth.

    He believed speech talking, listening, silence was the most essential and pure form of language. Lehrer, The Theory of Meaning ; J. Hence, it cannot account for the correct or incorrect application of a name. The influence of mathematical thinking, and of mathematical logic in particular, however, left a permanent mark on the subsequent study of semantics.


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Semantics and the philosophy of language book

The Stoic philosophers made important contributions to the analysis of grammar, distinguishing five parts of speech: nouns, verbs, appellatives names or epithetsconjunctions and articles.

It was found that participants who were given names for the aliens learned to categorize the aliens far more quickly, reaching 80 per cent accuracy in less than half the time taken by those not told the names.

Modify, remix, and reuse just remember to cite OCW as the source. Idea theory of meaning[ edit ] The idea theory of meaning also ideational theory of meaningmost commonly associated with the British empiricist John Lockeclaims that meanings are mental representations provoked by signs.

In the same work, Kripke articulated several other arguments against " Frege—Russell " descriptivism [43] see also Kripke's causal theory of reference. Lyons, Language, Meaning, and Context A major question in the field — perhaps the single most important question for formalist and structuralist thinkers — is, "How does the meaning of a sentence emerge out of its parts?

Those who seek an explanation for meaning in the former sort of account endorse a stronger sort of idea theory of meaning than the latter. In response Moore developed an approach "Common Sense Philosophy" [29] which sought to examine philosophical difficulties by a close analysis of the language used in order to determine its meaning.

With such new concepts as Being-in-the-world, Heidegger constructs his theory of language, centered on speech. Problems in the philosophy of language[ edit ] Formal versus informal approaches[ edit ] Another of the questions that has divided philosophers of language is the extent to which formal logic can be used as an effective tool in the analysis and understanding of natural languages.

In this field, human language both natural and artificial is just one among many ways that humans and other conscious beings are able to communicate. This is clearly absurd, since we learn something new and unobvious by the former statement, but not by the latter.

In this form, the thesis was abandoned after the acceptance by most philosophers of the Duhem—Quine thesis of confirmation holism after the publication of Quine 's " Two Dogmas of Empiricism ".

Another argument is that it is difficult to explain how signs and symbols on paper can represent anything meaningful unless some sort of meaning is infused into them by the contents of the mind. Gottlob Frege.

We don't offer credit or certification for using OCW. Attributive uses are like mediated references, while referential uses are more directly referential.

The principle of compositionality asserts that a sentence can be understood on the basis of the meaning of the parts of the sentence i. Austinalthough other previous thinkers have had similar ideas.

Semantics (Philosophy)

This means that when one is "thrown" into the world, his existence is characterized from the beginning by a certain pre-comprehension of the world. Giambattista Vico was among the first to claim that history and culture along with their meaning were man-made.

Secondly, to what extent are we to take the derivationally based notion of syntactic structure embedded within generative theory as spawning the sort of compositional structures that are implicated in semantic analysis?

General semantics

In these terms, the syntactic parse of the sentence John ate every bagel would consist of a subject John and a predicate ate every bagel ; Montague demonstrated that the meaning of the sentence altogether could be decomposed into the meanings of its parts and in relatively few rules of combination.

For example, monuments and statues cannot communicate without the aid of language. Traditionally, semantics has included the study of sense and denotative referencetruth conditionsargument structure, thematic rolesdiscourse analysisand the linkage of all of these to syntax.

He claimed that there was a natural correctness to names. Noam Chomsky proposed that the study of language could be done in terms of the I-Language, or internal language of persons. There were several noteworthy philosophers of language in the medieval period.Books shelved as semantics: Language in Thought and Action by S.I.

Hayakawa, Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General. What is semantics, what is meaning Lecture 1 Hana Filip. September 8, Hana Filip 2 What is semantics? •Semantics is the study of the relation between form and meaning –Basic observation: language relates physical phenomena (acoustic blast we produce when we speak, chalk marks on the board, etc.) Semantics is the study of meaning.

General Overviews and Histories. Dummett offers a brief historical reconstruction of the 20th-century analytic philosophy of language through its origins in 19th-century German (and Austrian) idealism and empiricism.

That reconstruction helps to relate pragmatics to semantics. Nerlich and Clark offers a “prehistory” of pragmatics, while Smith focuses on early 20th-century.

What is this thing called Philosophy of Language? book. What is this thing called Philosophy of Language? Naïve semantics and the language of logic. By Gary Kemp. A simple theory of meaning is sketched for the sake of comparison with more complicated theories to be explained later.

Naïve semantics begins with atomic sentences, and breaks Author: Gary Kemp. Philosophy of Language CHAPTER ONE The Logical Study of Language 7 Gottlob Frege—Origins of the Modern Enterprise7 Foundations of Philosophical Semantics 7 Frege’s Distinction between Sense and Reference 8 The Compositionality of Sense and Reference 10 Frege’s Hierarchy of Indirect Senses and Referents Throughout the history of ideas, various branches of philosophy have spun off into the natural sciences, including physics, biology, and perhaps most recently, cognitive psychology.

A central theme of this collection is that the philosophy of language, at least a core portion of it, has matured to the point where it is now being spun off into linguistic theory.

Each section of the book.