This unique textbook introduces linguists to key issues in the philosophy of language. Accessible to students who have taken only a single course in linguistics, yet sophisticated enough to be used at the graduate level, the book provides an overview of the central issues in philosophy of language, a key topic in educating the next generation of researchers in semantics and pragmatics. Thoroughly grounded in contemporary linguistic theory, the book focus on the core foundational and philosophical issues in semantics and pragmatics, richly illustrated with historical case studies to show how linguistic questions are related to philosophical problems in areas such as metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. Students are introduced in Part I to the issues at the core of semantics, including compositionality, reference and intentionality. Part II looks at pragmatics: context, conversational update, implicature and speech acts; whilst Part III discusses foundational questions about meaning. The book will encourage future collaboration and development between philosophy of language and linguistics.
The first philosophy of language textbook on the market to cater to both linguists and philosophers
Enables linguistics and philosophers to identify topics of shared concern and areas for collaboration
Provides a comprehensive glossary of terms, void of unnecessary jargon
Includes a complimentary website of additional resources including handouts for in class use and discussion questions
Zoltán Gendler Szabó, Yale University, Connecticut Richmond H. Thomason, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor