LINGUIST List 31.3125

Wed Oct 14 2020

Books: Linguistic Intuitions: Schindler, Drożdżowicz, Brøcker (eds.)

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Date: 08-Oct-2020
From: Oxford University Press <>
Subject: Linguistic Intuitions: Schindler, Drożdżowicz, Brøcker (eds.)
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Title: Linguistic Intuitions
Subtitle: Evidence and Method
Published: 2020
Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Editor: Samuel Schindler
Editor: Anna Drożdżowicz
Editor: Karen Brøcker
Hardback: ISBN: 9780198840558 Pages: 320 Price: U.S. $ 85.00

This book examines the evidential status and use of linguistic intuitions, a topic that has seen increased interest in recent years. Linguists use native speakers' intuitions - such as whether or not an utterance sounds acceptable - as evidence for theories about language, but this approach is not uncontroversial. The two parts of this volume draw on the most recent work in both philosophy and linguistics to explore the two major issues at the heart of the debate. Chapters in the first part address the 'justification question', critically analysing and evaluating the theoretical rationale for the evidential use of linguistic intuitions. The second part discusses recent developments in the domain of experimental syntax, focusing on the question of whether gathering intuitions experimentally is epistemically and methodologically superior to the informal methods that have traditionally been used.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (eng)

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