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Books: Philosophy of Language: Carr

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Linguistic Realities: Carr

Message 1: Linguistic Realities: Carr
Date: 27-Apr-2009
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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

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

Can we reasonably speak of 'linguistic realities'? Do theoretical linguistsdevise accounts of a reality which exists outside of their theories? Inthis provocative and insightful study of the philosophy of linguistics, theauthor first investigates the realist/instrumentalist debate in thephilosophy of science, and shows what relevance it has for the sort ofquestions linguists might ask themselves about the nature of theirdiscipline. He proposes a realist philosophy of linguistics, which takes asits starting point Popper's falsificationist philosophy of science, coupledwith his objective knowledge ontology. The automist methatheory he proposesfor generative linguistics holds, in contradistinction to Chomskyanpsychologism, that there are such realities, but that they are neitherPlatonic, nor normative in nature. Rather, they belong properly to Popper'scategory of objective knowledge. Linguistic Realities is a majorcontribution to the philosophy and methodology of linguistics. Itsapplication of Popperian philosophy of science to the philosophy oflinguistics will arouse much debate among philosophers and linguists alike.


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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