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Title: Ontological Questions in Linguistics
Written By: Jan W.F. Mulder
Paul Rastall
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 35
Description:

Mulder and Rastall argue for a reduced ontological commitment in
linguistics, which is strongly opposed to many prevailing contemporary
views. In line with current views in the philosophy of science they view
linguistic theories and descriptions as explanatory constructs without
existential claims. They distinguish between actually existing speech
events, different orders of "reality" and explanatory/theoretical
constructs following philosophers such as Popper and Harre. Mulder develops
his views in the context of his axiomatic functionalist approach and
Rastall argues that linguistic entities should be viewed as "powers" in
Locke's sense rather than as "things". Both authors argue that the
reification of linguistic entities is misleading and propose views which
are close to those of Quine and earlier linguists such as Hjelmslev. The
work is in four theoretically oriented chapters concerned with the nature
of the ontological problem, speech events as "powers", events and
constructs, and orders of reality as well as three applications to
linguistic theory and analysis involving Mulder's well-developed axiomatic
functionalism in the context of ontological issues.

Jan W.F. Mulder is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at St. Andrews
University. He is the author of numerous articles in professional journals,
book chapters and is the author of Sets and Relations in Phonology and
Foundations of Axiomatic Linguistics. He is the co-author (with S.G.J.
Hervey) of The Theory of the Linguistic Sign and The Strategy of
Linguistics. Mulder is the originator and main developer of axiomatic
functionalism and is the Honorary President of the International Society of
Functional Linguistics.

Paul Rastall is Principal Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of
Portsmouth. He is the author of numerous articles in professional journals
and of three books, Empirical Phonology and Cartesian Tables, A Functional
View of English Grammar and A Linguistic Philosophy of Language.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Theoretical Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 895864617
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 160
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