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Philosophy of Language




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Inquisitive Semantics


Ivano Ciardelli, Jeroen Groenendijk, Floris Roelofsen

November 2018

Oxford Surveys in Semantics and Pragmatics

The book presents a new logical framework to capture the meaning of sentences in conversation. It is based on a richer notion of meaning than traditional approaches, and allows for an integrated treatment of statements and questions. The first part of the book presents the framework in detail, while the second demonstrates its many benefits.

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Puzzles of Reference


Herman Cappelen, Josh Dever

July 2018

Reference is a central topic in the philosophy of language, linguistic semantics, and related areas of philosophy and linguistics. This textbook offers an up-to-date introduction to key debates about reference. While comprehensive in approach, it is written for students and does not assume any prior training in philosophy of language.

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Subjectivity and Perspective in Truth-Theoretic Semantics


Peter Lasersohn

December 2016

Oxford Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics

This book explores linguistic and philosophical issues presented by sentences expressing personal taste, such as Roller coasters are fun, and examines how truth-theoretic semantics can account for expressions of this type. It provides a detailed and explicit formal grammar paired with semantic analysis and pragmatic theory.

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Context and Communication


Herman Cappelen, Josh Dever

April 2016

Context and Communication provides an introduction to a central theme in the study of language: the idea that what we say (or ask, or think) depends on the context of speech and thought. It explores key data, questions, concepts, and theories of context sensitivity, and is written to be accessible to those with no prior knowledge of the subject.

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The Mental Corpus: How Language is Represented in the Mind


John R. Taylor

November 2014

John Taylor argues that an individual's knowledge of a language is a repository of memories. Similarities between items lead to generalizations then used to generate new expressions. He makes a compelling contribution to understanding language and the operations of the mind. The book will appeal to linguists, philosophers, and cognitive scientists.

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I-Language: An Introduction to Linguistics as Cognitive Science

Second Edition


Daniela Isac, Charles Reiss

February 2013

Oxford Core Linguistics

The book introduces the major branches of theoretical linguistics - phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics - in the context of cognitive science, with reference to fields such as vision, auditory perception, and philosophy of mind.

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Modals and Conditionals: New and Revised Perspectives


Angelika Kratzer

January 2012

Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

This book contains updated and substantially revised versions of Angelika Kratzer's classic papers on modals and conditionals. It represents some of the most important work on modals and conditionals and the semantics-syntax interface and will be of interest to linguists and philosophers of language of all theoretical persuasions.

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