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LINGUIST List 20.1634

Tue Apr 28 2009

Books: Philosophy of Language: Carr

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Linguistic Realities: Carr

Message 1: Linguistic Realities: Carr
Date: 27-Apr-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Linguistic Realities: Carr
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Title: Linguistic Realities
Subtitle: An Autonomist Metatheory for the Generative Enterprise
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 53
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Philip Carr
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521108287 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 15.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521108287 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 29.99
Abstract:

Can we reasonably speak of 'linguistic realities'? Do theoretical linguists
devise accounts of a reality which exists outside of their theories? In
this provocative and insightful study of the philosophy of linguistics, the
author first investigates the realist/instrumentalist debate in the
philosophy of science, and shows what relevance it has for the sort of
questions linguists might ask themselves about the nature of their
discipline. He proposes a realist philosophy of linguistics, which takes as
its starting point Popper's falsificationist philosophy of science, coupled
with his objective knowledge ontology. The automist methatheory he proposes
for generative linguistics holds, in contradistinction to Chomskyan
psychologism, that there are such realities, but that they are neither
Platonic, nor normative in nature. Rather, they belong properly to Popper's
category of objective knowledge. Linguistic Realities is a major
contribution to the philosophy and methodology of linguistics. Its
application of Popperian philosophy of science to the philosophy of
linguistics will arouse much debate among philosophers and linguists alike.

Introduction;

Part I. The Methodological Question:
1. The case for realism;
2. A realist philosophy of linguistics;
3. Instrumentalism in linguistics;

Part II. The Ontological Question:
4. Linguistic objects as psychological realities;
5. Linguistic objects as social realities;
6. Linguistic objects as abstract objective realities;

Concluding remarks;
Notes;
References;
Index.


Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (eng )

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