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Paradigms for Language Theory and Other Essays

Hintikka, Jaakko

1998, X, 310 p.

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Several of the basic ideas of current language theory are subjected to critical scrutiny and found wanting, including the concept of scope, the hegemony of generative syntax, the Frege-Russell claim that verbs like `is' are ambiguous, and the assumptions underlying the so-called New Theory of Reference. In their stead, new constructive ideas are proposed.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Syntax - language - logic - semantics

Related subjects » Linguistics - Logic & Philosophy of Language - Philosophical Traditions - Philosophy

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Introduction. Origin of the Essays. 1. The Games of Logic and the Games of Inquiry. 2. No Scope for Scope. 3. Informational Independence as a Semantical Phenomenon (with Gabriel Sandu.) 4. `Is', Semantical Games and Semantical Relativity. 5. Logical Form and Linguistic Theory. 6. On the Any-Thesis and the Methodology of Linguistics. 7. Paradigms for Language Theory. 8. (with Gabriel Sandu.) The Fallacies of the New Theory of Reference. 9. Perspectival Identification, Demonstratives and `Small Worlds'. 10. Game-theoretical Semantics as a Synthesis of Verificationist and Truth-conditional Meaning Theories. 11. (with Gabriel Sandu.) Metaphor and Other Kinds of Nonliteral Meaning.

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