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Date: Mon, 18 Jan 93 10:11:43 +0Summary: phil. of sci. of linguistics
From: Torbjoern Lager <>
Subject: Summary: phil. of sci. of linguistics

Thanks to all who responded to my request for references on the
philosophy of science of linguistics. I received around 30 responses
which I summarize in the form of the bibliography appended below.

The works of Botha and Itkonen seem to be the most well known in the

Again, thanks a lot to you who responded!

Best regards,


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Philosophy of Science of Linguistics: a bibliography

Baker, G. & Hacker, P. 1984. Language, sense and nonsense.
Oxford: Blackwell.

Bense, Elisabeth, Beurteilung Linguistischer Theorien , Narr, Tu:bingen, 1978.

Botha, R. 1981. The conduct of linguistic inquiry. The Hague:

Botha, R.P. 1973: The justification of linguistic hypotheses : a study of
nondemonstrative inference in transformational grammar. With the
collaboration of Walter K. Winckler. The Hague : Mouton.

Botha, R. P. 1987. The generative garden game: challenging
 Chomsky at conceptual combat. U. of Stellenbosch.
 (Botha's book is also published from by Oxford, UK; NY, NY Basil
 Blackwell USA 1989

Carr, Philip (1990) Linguistic Realities: An Autonomist Metatheory for
the Generative Enterprise. Cambridge: Cambridge University Pr.

Chomsky, N. 1980: Rules and Representations. New York: Columbia University

Cohen, D. 1974 (ed.): Explaining linguistic phenomena. New York: John Wiley
& Sons.

Cohen, D. and Wirth, J. 1975 (eds.): Testing linguistic hypotheses.
Washington: Hemisphere Publishing Corp.

Dyvik, H. 1981: Grammatikk og empiri. Dept. of Linguistics and Phonetics,
University of Bergen.

Dyvik, H. 1982: Epistemological Problems in the "Government and Binding"
Programme. Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, University of Bergen.

Dyvik, H. 1992: To forelesninger om lingvistikkens vitenskapsteori.
Institutt for fonetikk og lingvistikk, Universitetet i Bergen.

Hartmut Haberland & Lars Heltoft 'Universals, explanations and pragmatics' i
Kefer - v.d. Auwera (eds.), Grammar and Meaning, Mouton de Gruyter (Berlin)

Hockett, C. F. 1958. A course in modern linguistics. Macmillan. Davis,

Esa Itkonen, Linguistics and Metascience. Kokemaki: Risteen kirjapaino. 1974.

Esa Itkonen, Linguistics and Empiricalness: Answers to Criticisms.
Publications of the General Lingustics Department of the University of
Helsinki, 4. 1976.

Itkonen, E. 1978: Grammatical theory and metascience : a critical
investigation into the methodological and philosophical foundations of
"autonomous" linguistics. Amsterdam : John Benjamins.

Esa Itkonen, "Reply to Dahl". In Perry, Thomas (ed.) Evidence and
Argumentation in Linguistics. Berlin & New York: de Gruyter. 1980.

Itkonen, E. 1983: Causality in linguistic theory : a critical investigation
into the philosophical and methodological foundations of 'non-autonomous'
linguistics. London : Croom Helm ; Bloomington, Ind. : Indiana University

Esa Itkonen, "Concerning the Ontological Question in Linguistics".
Language and Communication 1984.

Itkonen, Esa (1991) Universal History of Linguistics:India, China,
Arabia, Europe. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: Benjamins. (Studies in the
History of the Language Sciences, 65.)

Kac, M.B. 1992: Grammars and Grammaticality. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Asa Kasher: Logical rationalism and formal semantics of natural
languages: on conditions of adequacy, in: Syntax and Semantics 10.

-- : Philosophy and Discourse Analysis, in: Handbook of Discourse
Analysis, vol. 1.

-- : Pragmatics and Chomsky's research program, in: The Chomskyan
Turn, Blackwell 1991 (pb 1993).

AUTHOR: Katz, Jerrold J.
TITLE: The Philosophy of linguistics Oxford readings in philosophy
IMPRINT: Oxford [Oxfordshire] ; New York : Oxford University Press, c1985.
ISBN #: 019875065X (pbk.)

Language and Other Abstract Objects
Katz, Jerrold
Rowman and Littlefield 1981

The Metaphysics of Meaning
Katz, Jerrold
Cambridge, Mass.; MIT Press 1990

Johan Kerstens and Arie Sturm (1989), *Taalkunde als
wetenschap* [Linguistics as a science], Leiden etc.: Nijhoff.

Koerner, E.F. 1975 (ed.): The transformational-generative paradigm and
modern linguistic theory. Amsterdam: John Benjamins (= Amsterdam Studies in
the Theory and History of Linguistic Science IV, Current Issues in
Linguistic Theory, vol. 1).

Pateman, Trevor (1987) Language in Mind and Language in Society:
Studies in Linguistic Reproduction. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Perry, T.A. 1980 (ed.): Evidence and argumentation in linguistics. Berlin:
Walter de Gruyter.

Powers, David. Machine Learning of Natural Language, Springer 1989.

REID, Wallis: Verb and noun number in English: a functional explana-
tion. Longman, 1991.

F. Staal and B. van Rootselaar (eds), *Proceedings of the Third
International Conference for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of
Science* , Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1968) abounds with articles on the

H. G. & T. J. Taylor (eds.). 1990. Redefining linguistics. Routledge.

Wirth, J.R. 1976 (ed.): Assessing linguistic arguments. New York: John
Wiley & Sons.

Wunderlich, D. 1976 (ed.): Wissenschaftstheorie der Linguistik. Kronberg:
Athenaeum Verlag.

Wunderlich, D. 1979: Foundations of Linguistics (Translated by Roger Lass)
(=Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 22). Cambridge: Cambridge University
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