The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language

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The Oxford Handbooks series is a major new initiative in academic publishing. Each volume offers an authoritative and up-to-date survey of original research in a particular subject area. Specially commissioned essays from leading figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates. Oxford Handbooks provide scholars and graduate students with compelling new perspectives upon a wide range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences.

Ernie Lepore and Barry Smith present the definitive reference work for this diverse and fertile field of philosophy. A superb international team contribute more than forty brand-new essays covering topics from the nature of language to meaning, truth, and reference, and the interfaces of philosophy of language with linguistics, psychology, logic, epistemology, and metaphysics. It will be an essential resource for anyone working in the central areas of philosophy, for linguists interested in syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, and for psychologists and cognitive scientists working on language.

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"This mammoth book should be read by anyone with an interest not only in philosophy of language, but in semantics and pragmatics, and even, though less centrally, in syntax. Though not introductory in the sense that it could be read by a first year student, it is well worth the effort of reading and, given the overall clarity of the chapters, accessible. The quality of the papers is sustained throughout and is of the highest sandard."—LinguistList
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199552238
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2008
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 1104
  • Sales rank: 1,056,589
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Birkbeck College, University of London

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Table of Contents

Introduction, Ernest Lepore and Barry C. Smith
The Historical Context
1. Frege and Semantics, Richard Heck and Robert May
2. Wittgenstein on Language, Michael Beaney
3. Philosophy of Language in the Twentieth Century, Thomas Baldwin
The Nature of Language
4. Psychologism, Charles Travis
5. Language as Internal, Anne Bezuidenhout
6. Language and Idiolects, James Higginbotham
The Nature of Meaning
7. Rule-Following, Meaning, and Normativity, George Wilson
8. Naturalist Theories of Meaning, David Papineau
9. Truth and Meaning, Gabriel Segal
10. Meaning Holism, Peter Pagin
11. Indeterminacy of Translation, Alan Weir
12. Intention-Based Semantics, Emma Borg
13. Propositional Content, Stephen Schiffer
14. Conceptual Role Semantics, Mark Greenberg and Gilbert Harman
15 15. Semantic Internalism and Externalism, Katalin Farkas
16. Relevance Theory, Robyn Carston and George Powell
17. The Distinction between Semantics and Pragmatics, Zoltan Gendler Szabo
The Nature of Reference
18. The Essence of Reference, R. M. Sainsbury
19. Subject and Predicate, Fraser MacBride
20. Rigidity, David Sosa
The Nature of Reference
21. Names and Natural Kind Terms, David Braun
22. The Semantics and Pragmatics of Reference, Kent Bach
Semantic Theory
23. Formal Semantics, Jeffrey C. King
24. Two-Dimensional Semantics, David Chalmers
25. Deflationism, Dorit Bar-On and Keith Simmons
Linguistic Phenomena
26. Compositionality, Josh Dever
27. Opacity, Mark Richard
28. Tense, Peter Ludlow
29. Plurals, Barry Schein
30. The Pragmatics of the Logical Constants, Dorothy Edgington
31. Quantifiers, Michael Glanzberg
32. Logical Form and LF, Paul Pietroski
Varieties of Speech Act
33. Metaphor, Marga Reimer and Elisabeth Camp
34. Semantics for Non-Declaratives, Kirk Ludwig and Dan Boisvert
35. Speech Acts and Performatives, Jennifer Hornsby
The Epistemology and Metaphysics of Language
36. Meaning and Reference, Robert J. Stainton
37. What I Know When I Know a Language, Barry C. Smith
38. Realism and Antirealism, Alexander Miller
39. Triangulation, Kathryn Gluer-Pagin
40. Shared Content, Herman Cappelen and Ernest Lepore
41. The Perils and Pleasures of Interpretation, Donald Davidson

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  • Posted December 3, 2008

    A good source for students and teachers alike. Great for any linguistics scholar.

    The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language is a wonderful find for the student linguist. Used as an encyclopedia for reference material instead of a ¿handbook¿ might prove more useful and realistic. For practical concerns, a handbook consisting of 1,000+ pages is better approached in parts rather than as a whole text. However, the sum, or this compilation, is certainly a valuable asset to any scholar of linguistic or language philosophy. I only wish the index was separated into subject and name.

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