Language and Empiricism - After the Vienna Circle

Language and Empiricism - After the Vienna Circle

by Siobhan Chapman
     
 

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There is general agreement in present-day linguistics that language study is at its best when it is empirical. However, there are a number of apparently incompatible views on what makes language study truly empirical, and even what counts as the right sort of data for the linguist to study. Siobhan Chapman offers a fresh approach to this debate by comparing it to some… See more details below

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There is general agreement in present-day linguistics that language study is at its best when it is empirical. However, there are a number of apparently incompatible views on what makes language study truly empirical, and even what counts as the right sort of data for the linguist to study. Siobhan Chapman offers a fresh approach to this debate by comparing it to some remarkably similar disagreements about data, methodology and the nature of empiricism in mid-twentieth-century philosophy, disagreements that were largely provoked by reactions to the ideas of the Vienna Circle. Her main focus is a comparison of the work of J. L. Austin and the less well known work of Arne Naess. Despite significant differences, both said things about language that have striking resonances with much more recent claims in linguistics, particularly in fields such as corpus linguistics which deal with 'real-life' examples of language use.

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"Chapman provides a fascinating linguistic and philosophical account of the history of empiricism in the study of language from the Vienna Circle in the early 20th century to the present... Linguists will gain from Chapman's rigorous discussion of the philosopical underpinnings of linguistic theory amd methods... Highly recommended." —CHOICE

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ISBN-13:
9780230266094
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
04/17/2008
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