LINGUIST List 8.1320

Fri Sep 19 1997

Books: Philosophy of Lang, Lojban

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  1. Jud Wolfskill, New Book on Philosophy of Language
  2. John Cowan, The Complete Lojban Language

Message 1: New Book on Philosophy of Language

Date: Fri, 8 Aug 97 13:19:32 EDT
From: Jud Wolfskill <wolfskilMIT.EDU>
Subject: New Book on Philosophy of Language

Readings in the Philosophy of Language
edited by Peter Ludlow

Throughout the history of ideas, various branches of philosophy have spun
off into the natural sciences, including physics, biology, and perhaps most
recently, cognitive psychology. A central theme of this collection is that
the philosophy of language, at least a core portion of it, has matured to
the point where it is now being spun off into linguistic theory. Each
section of the book contains historical (twentieth-century) readings and,
where available, recent attempts to apply the resources of contemporary
linguistic theory to the problems under discussion. This approach helps to
root the naturalization project in the leading questions of analytic
philosophy. Although the older readings predate the current naturalization
project, they help to lay its conceptual foundations. The main sections of
the book, each of which is preceded by an introduction, are Language and
Meaning, Logical Form and Grammatical Form, Descriptions, Names,
Demonstratives, and Attitude Reports.

The collection is not intended as a final report on a mature line of
philosophical inquiry. Rather, its purpose is to show students what doing
real philosophy is all about and to let them share in the excitement as
philosophers enter a period in which how philosophy of language is
conducted could change in fundamental ways.

For more information please visit

A Bradford Book
August 1997
1096 pp.
ISBN 0-262-62114-2
MIT Press * 5 Cambridge Center * Cambridge, MA 02142 * (617)625-8569
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Message 2: The Complete Lojban Language

Date: Mon, 15 Sep 1997 16:49:31 -0400
From: John Cowan <>
Subject: The Complete Lojban Language

The Logical Language Group, Inc. takes great pride in announcing the
publication of _The Complete Lojban Language_, by John Woldemar Cowan.
ISBN 0-9660283-0-9. The official publication date is 1 November 1997.
The book is a library-grade hardcover, 620 pp. including index.
A substantial discount is offered for prepublication orders.

_The Complete Lojban Language_ is a complete description of the
artificial language Lojban. It serves as a reference grammar for the
language, offering an overview of the language, as well as phonology,
orthography, morphology, syntax, and semantics descriptions. This book
serves as the standard defining the language design.

Though this description may sound imposing, technical and formal, the
book is written in a light, often humorous style that teaches the reader
about the Lojban language, about logic, and about linguistics in
general. Draft versions of the book have been used by the Lojban
community for learning the language for the past several years.

Lojban is a current version of "Loglan", the artificial language project
described in the June 1960 Scientific American article of that name.
Loglan/Lojban is a language designed for several purposes, including
linguistics research (especially involving a proposed test of the
Sapir/Whorf hypothesis), foreign language instruction, artificial
intelligence research, machine translation and related human/computer
interaction applications, as a prospective international auxiliary
language, and as a stimulating educational and entertaining mental
exercise. An international community of aficionados has appeared,
writing in and about the language, primarily on the Internet.

For ordering information, see the Lojban WWW page at

Or contact The Logical Language Group by mail at:
 2904 Beau Lane
 Fairfax VA 22031-1303
TEL: +1 703 385 0273
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