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LINGUIST List 21.1699

Wed Apr 07 2010

Books: Philosophy of Language: Abbott

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Message 1: Reference: Abbott
Date: 29-Mar-2010
From: Elyse Turr <elyse.turroup.com>
Subject: Reference: Abbott
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Title: Reference
Series Title: Oxford Surveys in Semantics & Pragmatics
Published: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Author: Barbara Abbott
Hardback: ISBN: 0199202575 9780199202577 Pages: 288 Price: U.S. $ 120.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0199203458 9780199203451 Pages: 288 Price: U.S. $ 45.00
Abstract:

This book introduces the most important problems of reference and considers
the solutions that have been proposed to explain them. Reference is at the
centre of debate among linguists and philosophers and, as Barbara Abbott
shows, this has been the case for centuries. She begins by examining the
basic issue of how far reference is a two place (words-world) or a three
place (speakers-words-world) relation. She then discusses the main aspects
of the field and the issues associated with them, including those
concerning proper names; direct reference and individual concepts; the
difference between referential and quantificational descriptions; pronouns
and indexicality; concepts like definiteness and strength; and noun phrases
in discourse.

Professor Abbott writes with exceptional verve and wit. She presupposes no
technical knowledge or background and presents issues and analyses from
first principles, illustrating them at every stage with well-chosen
examples. Her book is addressed in the first place to advanced
undergraduate and graduate students in linguistics and philosophy of
language, but it will also appeal to students and practitioners in
computational linguistics, cognitive psychology, and anthropology. All will
welcome the clarity this guide brings to a subject that continues to
challenge the leading thinkers of the age.

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (eng )

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