Essays on Linguistic Realism

| Kwantlen Polytechnic University
| TU Braunschweig
ISBN 9789027200921 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027263940 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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
Table of Contents
Introduction to Essays on Linguistic Realism
Christina Behme and Martin Neef
Chapter 1. The ontology of natural language
Paul M. Postal
Chapter 2. What kind of science is linguistics?
David Pitt
Chapter 3. ‘Biolinguistics’: Some foundational problems
Robert Levine
Chapter 4. The relevance of realism for language evolution theorizing
Christina Behme
Chapter 5. Describing linguistic objects in a realist way
Hans-Heinrich Lieb
Chapter 6. Languages and other abstract structures
Ryan M. Nefdt
Chapter 7. Autonomous Declarative Phonology: A realist approach to the phonology of German
Martin Neef
Chapter 8. Explaining linguistic facts in a realist theory of word formation
Andreas Nolda
Chapter 9. Cognitive propositions in realist linguistics
Scott Soames
Chapter 10. Languages as complete and distinct systems of reference
D. Terence Langendoen
Chapter 11. The so-called arbitrariness of linguistic signs and Saussure’s ‘realism’
Armin Burkhardt
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BIC Subject: CFA – Philosophy of language
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018009335 | Marc record