Essays on Linguistic Realism
Christina Behme | Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Martin Neef | TU Braunschweig
This book contains new articles by leading philosophers and linguists discussing a promising philosophical framework distinct from currently dominant ones: Linguistic Realism. As opposed to Nominalism and Chomskyian Conceptualism, this approach distinguishes between use of language, knowledge of language, and language as such. The latter is conceived as part of the realm of abstract objects. The authors show how adopting Linguistic Realism overcomes entrenched problems with other frameworks and suggest that Linguistic Realism will best serve those interested in formal linguistics, the cognitive dimension of natural language, and linguistic philosophy. The essays offer different perspectives on Linguistic Realism, either supporting this paradigm or taking it as a starting point for developing modified conceptions of linguistics and for further tying linguistics to the kind of formal theories of sensory cognition that were pioneered in visual perception by David Marr—whose work is predicated on exactly the object/knowledge distinction made by Linguistic Realists.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 196] 2018. xiii, 300 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Introduction to Essays on Linguistic RealismChristina Behme and Martin Neef | pp. vii–xiv
Chapter 1. The ontology of natural languagePaul M. Postal | pp. 1–6
Chapter 2. What kind of science is linguistics?David Pitt | pp. 7–20
Chapter 3. ‘Biolinguistics’: Some foundational problemsRobert Levine | pp. 21–60
Chapter 4. The relevance of realism for language evolution theorizingChristina Behme | pp. 61–78
Chapter 5. Describing linguistic objects in a realist wayHans-Heinrich Lieb | pp. 79–138
Chapter 6. Languages and other abstract structuresRyan M. Nefdt | pp. 139–184
Chapter 7. Autonomous Declarative Phonology: A realist approach to the phonology of GermanMartin Neef | pp. 185–202
Chapter 8. Explaining linguistic facts in a realist theory of word formationAndreas Nolda | pp. 203–234
Chapter 9. Cognitive propositions in realist linguisticsScott Soames | pp. 235–254
Chapter 10. Languages as complete and distinct systems of referenceD. Terence Langendoen | pp. 255–270
Chapter 11. The so-called arbitrariness of linguistic signs and Saussure’s ‘realism’Armin Burkhardt
Index Essays on Linguistic Realism | p. 297
Cited by 3 other publications
2021. Theories of language, language comparison, and grammatical description. In Linguistic Categories, Language Description and Linguistic Typology [Typological Studies in Language, 132], ► pp. 137 ff.
Nefdt, Ryan M.
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BIC Subject: CFA – Philosophy of language
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number: 2018009335 | Marc record