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The Philosophy and Science of Language

Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Brings together a diverse range of scholars from fields connected to the study of language

  • Addresses a number of vital questions at the at the intersection of linguistics, logic, and the philosophy of artificial intelligence

  • Exemplary in it's treatment of diachronic and cross-disciplinary interaction

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    • Ryan M. Nefdt, Carita Klippi, Bart Karstens
    Pages 1-9
  3. Linguistics and the Formal Sciences

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 11-11
    2. The Complexities of Syntax

      • Jaroslav Peregrin
      Pages 13-42
  4. Linguistics and the Natural Sciences

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 141-141
    2. Linguistic Change and Biological Evolution

      • Unni Leino, Kaj Syrjänen, Outi Vesakoski
      Pages 179-193
  5. Linguistics and the Cognitive Sciences

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 213-213
  6. Linguistics and the Humanities

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 309-309
    2. On the History of Models in American Linguistics

      • Jacqueline Léon
      Pages 349-373
    3. Linguistics and Philosophy: Break Up Song

      • Kate Hazel Stanton
      Pages 409-436

About this book

This volume brings together a diverse range of scholars to address important philosophical and interdisciplinary questions in the study of language. Linguistics throughout history has been a conduit to the study of the mind, brain, societal structure, literature and history itself. The epistemic and methodological transfer between the sciences and humanities in regards to linguistics has often been documented, but the underlying philosophical issues have not always been adequately addressed.

With 15 original and interdisciplinary chapters, this volume therefore tackles vital questions relating to the philosophy, history, and theoretical interplay between the study of language and fields as varied as logic, physics, biology, classical philology and neuroscience.

With a four part structure, questions of the mathematical foundations of linguistics, links to the natural sciences, cognitive implications and historical connections, take centre stage throughout the volume.  The final chapters present research related to the linguistic connections between history, philosophy and the humanities more broadly. Advancing new avenues of research, this volume is exemplary in its treatment of diachronic and cross-disciplinary interaction, and will be of interest to all scholars interested in the study of language.

Keywords

  • Language
  • Linguistics
  • Logic
  • Natural science
  • Cognitive science
  • Philosophy
  • Syntax
  • Scientific Realism
  • Newtonian Mechanics
  • Darwinism
  • History of American Linguistics
  • Poetics
  • Dedekind orderings

Editors and Affiliations

  • Philosophy Department, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

    Ryan M. Nefdt

  • Tampere University, Tampere, Finland

    Carita Klippi

  • Science and Technology Studies Rathenau Institute, The Hague, The Netherlands

    Bart Karstens

About the editors

Ryan M. Nefdt, Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is a visiting fellow at the Pittsburgh Center for the Philosophy of Science and has published numerous works in the philosophy of linguistics and language.

Carita Klippi, Senior Lecturer in French, Tampere University, Finland. She is a member of the laboratory Histoire des théories linguistiques in Paris, France, and has published on the history of linguistics and historical sociolinguistics.

Bart Karstens, Research Fellow at the Rathenau Institute, The Hague, and member of the Vossius Center for the History of Humanities and Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 




Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Philosophy and Science of Language

  • Book Subtitle: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

  • Editors: Ryan M. Nefdt, Carita Klippi, Bart Karstens

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-55438-5

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-55437-8

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-55440-8

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-55438-5

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 444

  • Number of Illustrations: 31 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Philosophy of Language, Linguistics, Cognitive Science

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-55438-5
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)