Language Turned on Itself
The Semantics and Pragmatics of Metalinguistic Discourse
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Language Turned on Itself by Herman Cappelen
Book DescriptionLanguage Turned on Itself examines what happens when language becomes self-reflexive; when language is used to talk about language. Those who think, talk, and write about language are habitual users of various metalinguistic devices, but reliance on these devices begins early: kids are told, 'That's called a "rabbit"'. It's not implausible that a primitive capacity for the meta-linguistic kicks in at the beginning stages of language acquisition. But no matter when or how frequently these devices are invoked, one thing is clear: they present theorists of language with a complex data pattern. Herman Cappelen and Ernest Lepore show that the study of these devices and patterns not only represents an interesting and neglected project in the philosophy of language, but also carries important consequences for other parts of philosophy. Part I is devoted to presenting data about various aspects of our metalinguistic practices. In Part II, the authors examine and reject the four leading metalinguistic theories, and offer a new account of our use of quotation in a variety of different contexts. But the primary goal of this book is not to promote one theory over another. Rather, it is to present a deeply puzzling set of problems and explain their significance
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199231195
(223mm x 144mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 4-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Herman Cappelen
Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Methodology, Hardback (June 2016)
This is the most comprehensive book ever published on philosophical methodology. A team of leading philosophers present original essays on various aspects of how philosophy should be and is done. They explore broad traditions and approaches, topics in philosophical methodology, and the interconnections between philosophy and neighbouring fields.
Context and Communication, Paperback (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.
Inessential Indexical, Paperback (December 2015)
Cappelen and Dever present a forceful challenge to the standard view that perspective, and in particular the perspective of the first person, is a philosophically deep aspect of the world. Their goal is not to show that we need to explain indexical and other perspectival phenomena in different ways, but to show that the entire topic is an illusion.
Liberating Content, Hardback (December 2015)» View all books by Herman Cappelen
This volume brings together two influential series of papers by Herman Cappelen and Ernie Lepore on language, communication, and contexts. These are the papers which introduced speech act pluralism and semantic minimalism, and they provide the foundation for one of the most powerful attacks on contextualism in contemporary philosophy.
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Author Biography - Herman Cappelen
Herman Cappelen is Arche Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. Ernie Lepore is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University"
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