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Concise encyclopedia of philosophy of language /
edited by Peter V. Lamarque ; consulting editor, R.E. Asher.
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Kidlington, Oxford ; New York, NY, USA : Pergamon, c1997.
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xix, 599 p.
ISBN
0080429912 (hardcover)
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Kidlington, Oxford ; New York, NY, USA : Pergamon, c1997.
isbn
0080429912 (hardcover)
catalogue key
1601387
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-07:
All but one of the 80 or so articles that constitute this work originally appeared in the ten-volume Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (CH, Jun'94), but many have been significantly modified and have had their bibliographies updated. The articles are grouped into eight broad sections: "Language, Metaphysics, and Ontology"; "Language and Mind"; "Truth and Meaning"; "Reference"; "Language and Logic"; "Formal Semantics"; "Pragmatics and Speech Act Theory"; and "Key Figures". The editor has deliberately taken a broad view of the field of philosophy of language, including work by theoretical linguists and work "of an empirical nature, which would not normally count as contributions to the philosophy of language." The articles typically occupy about four double-columned pages, including a bibliography. They are densely written, often synthesizing very complex ideas into a compact and highly organized whole. Although the editor intends this work to appeal to a diverse readership, including beginners, many of the contributions are technically demanding. Succinct, well indexed, and highly authoritative, but libraries that own the ten-volume Encyclopedia may wish to forgo the convenience this compilation offers. J. R. Luttrell; Princeton University
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Dr Ephraim Nissan, University of Greenwich A handy trove of information on the subject...a reference whose availability on the shelf is the next best thing to access to the full-fledged encyclopedia from which this thematic selection is drawn. Iyyun: The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly David E. Cooper, Professor of Philosophy, University of Durham, UK Students and teachers of philosophy will greatly benefit from the spinoff from the massive Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. Peter Lamarque has assembled an impressive team of contributors who cover all the main topics...The Concise Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Language will serve as a valuable and extremely convenient guide. Ken Turner, Journal of Literary Semantics The contents of Concise Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Language will already be familiar to many as being the philosophy of language entries to Pergamon''s hugely impressive Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (Asher 1994). It is possible to find just about whatever you want in either, or better, both of these resources. Frank Brisard Philosophy of language and analytical philosophy have been joining forces in the search for foundational insights in the structure and properties of language since at least three decades. Lately, the increasing popularity of a logical methodology in linguistics has added a distinctly empirical touch to this search. The present volume acknowledges this convergence of interests from such a variety of disciplines and aims at bringing together the vast array of concerns that spring from this trend into a single source.... considering the substantial overlap between work done by philosophers of language and the theoretical as well as the more empirically oriented research in linguistics in general, the editor has decided to broaden the scope of his philosophical overview even more radically and have articles address a particularly wide range of topics.... All of the articles have been written (and often modified and updated) by well-qualified authors, frequently preeminent authorities in the fields they describe. Pragmatics - Quarterly Publication of the International Pragmatics Association Ephraim Nissan, University of Greenwich, UK ...handy addition to the shelf of the philosopher of language, especially one who needs such epitomes to support the teaching curriculum in the discipline.... The big merit of Lamarque''s encyclopedia is in the wide array of the entries, which are fairly readable, and more often than not, also usefully terse...Lamarque''s chunks being fairly convenient to chew and digest. Not that there are no long, complex entries. Over-simplification is avoided, and so is pride-driven complicated exposition, a possible sin and snare that the authors of the entries have likewise avoided.... provides a handy trove of information on the subject in its title, and beyond. Lamarque''s volume a reference whose availability on the shelf is the next best thing to access to the full-fledged encyclopedia from which this thematic section is drawn. The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly Michael A. Covington, University of Georgia [This] useful volume ... makes it obvious just how much linguistic research has been done during the past three or four decades. Linguists of all ages - those who remember the developments chronicled and those who don''t - will enjoy browsing through [this volume] and filling gaps in their knowledge. Language Milena Nuti, University College, London The list of contributors is impressive. ... There are some particularly good entries, as would be expected from such eminent contributors ... the encyclopedia as a whole does act as a helpful guide through sometimes unfamiliar territory ... could well be useful for psychologists, or biologists who are feeling interdisciplinary ... topics, concepts and questions about ''language'' or ''meaning'' in some or other sense have different approaches and it is worth being aware of the different perspectives and useful to have them collected together. Lingua
Dr Ephraim Nissan, University of Greenwich A handy trove of information on the subject...a reference whose availability on the shelf is the next best thing to access to the full-fledged encyclopedia from which this thematic selection is drawn. Iyyun: The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly David E. Cooper, Professor of Philosophy, University of Durham, UK Students and teachers of philosophy will greatly benefit from the spinoff from the massive Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. Peter Lamarque has assembled an impressive team of contributors who cover all the main topics...The Concise Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Language will serve as a valuable and extremely convenient guide. Ken Turner, Journal of Literary Semantics The contents of Concise Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Language will already be familiar to many as being the philosophy of language entries to Pergamon's hugely impressive Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (Asher 1994). It is possible to find just about whatever you want in either, or better, both of these resources. Frank Brisard Philosophy of language and analytical philosophy have been joining forces in the search for foundational insights in the structure and properties of language since at least three decades. Lately, the increasing popularity of a logical methodology in linguistics has added a distinctly empirical touch to this search. The present volume acknowledges this convergence of interests from such a variety of disciplines and aims at bringing together the vast array of concerns that spring from this trend into a single source.... considering the substantial overlap between work done by philosophers of language and the theoretical as well as the more empirically oriented research in linguistics in general, the editor has decided to broaden the scope of his philosophical overview even more radically and have articles address a particularly wide range of topics.... All of the articles have been written (and often modified and updated) by well-qualified authors, frequently preeminent authorities in the fields they describe. Pragmatics - Quarterly Publication of the International Pragmatics Association Ephraim Nissan, University of Greenwich, UK ...handy addition to the shelf of the philosopher of language, especially one who needs such epitomes to support the teaching curriculum in the discipline.... The big merit of Lamarque's encyclopedia is in the wide array of the entries, which are fairly readable, and more often than not, also usefully terse...Lamarque's chunks being fairly convenient to chew and digest. Not that there are no long, complex entries. Over-simplification is avoided, and so is pride-driven complicated exposition, a possible sin and snare that the authors of the entries have likewise avoided.... provides a handy trove of information on the subject in its title, and beyond. Lamarque's volume a reference whose availability on the shelf is the next best thing to access to the full-fledged encyclopedia from which this thematic section is drawn. The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly Michael A. Covington, University of Georgia [This] useful volume ... makes it obvious just how much linguistic research has been done during the past three or four decades. Linguists of all ages - those who remember the developments chronicled and those who don't - will enjoy browsing through [this volume] and filling gaps in their knowledge. Language Milena Nuti, University College, London The list of contributors is impressive. ... There are some particularly good entries, as would be expected from such eminent contributors ... the encyclopedia as a whole does act as a helpful guide through sometimes unfamiliar territory ... could well be useful for psychologists, or biologists who are feeling interdisciplinary ... topics, concepts and questions about 'language' or 'meaning' in some or other sense have different approaches
A handy trove of information on the subject...a reference whose availability on the shelf is the next best thing to access to the full-fledged encyclopedia from which this thematic selection is drawn. Iyyun: The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly Dr Ephraim Nissan, University of Greenwich Students and teachers of philosophy will greatly benefit from the spinoff from the massive Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. Peter Lamarque has assembled an impressive team of contributors who cover all the main topics...The Concise Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Language will serve as a valuable and extremely convenient guide. David E. Cooper, Professor of Philosophy, University of Durham, UK The contents of Concise Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Language will already be familiar to many as being the philosophy of language entries to Pergamon's hugely impressive Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (Asher 1994). It is possible to find just about whatever you want in either, or better, both of these resources. Ken Turner, Journal of Literary Semantics Philosophy of language and analytical philosophy have been joining forces in the search for foundational insights in the structure and properties of language since at least three decades. Lately, the increasing popularity of a logical methodology in linguistics has added a distinctly empirical touch to this search. The present volume acknowledges this convergence of interests from such a variety of disciplines and aims at bringing together the vast array of concerns that spring from this trend into a single source.... considering the substantial overlap between work done by philosophers of language and the theoretical as well as the more empirically oriented research in linguistics in general, the editor has decided to broaden the scope of his philosophical overview even more radically and have articles address a particularly wide range of topics.... All of the articles have been written (and often modified and updated) by well-qualified authors, frequently preeminent authorities in the fields they describe. Pragmatics - Quarterly Publication of the International Pragmatics Association Frank Brisard ...handy addition to the shelf of the philosopher of language, especially one who needs such epitomes to support the teaching curriculum in the discipline.... The big merit of Lamarque's encyclopedia is in the wide array of the entries, which are fairly readable, and more often than not, also usefully terse...Lamarque's chunks being fairly convenient to chew and digest. Not that there are no long, complex entries. Over-simplification is avoided, and so is pride-driven complicated exposition, a possible sin and snare that the authors of the entries have likewise avoided.... provides a handy trove of information on the subject in its title, and beyond. Lamarque's volume a reference whose availability on the shelf is the next best thing to access to the full-fledged encyclopedia from which this thematic section is drawn. The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly Ephraim Nissan, University of Greenwich, UK [This] useful volume ... makes it obvious just how much linguistic research has been done during the past three or four decades. Linguists of all ages - those who remember the developments chronicled and those who don't - will enjoy browsing through [this volume] and filling gaps in their knowledge. Language Michael A. Covington, University of Georgia The list of contributors is impressive. ... There are some particularly good entries, as would be expected from such eminent contributors ... the encyclopedia as a whole does act as a helpful guide through sometimes unfamiliar territory ... could well be useful for psychologists, or biologists who are feeling interdisciplinary ... topics, concepts and questions about 'language' or 'meaning' in some or other sense have different approaches and it is worth being aware of the different perspectives and useful to have them collected together.
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Philosophers have had an interest in language from the earliest times but the twentieth century, with its so-called 'linguistic turn' in philosophy, has seen a huge expansion of work focused specifically on language and its foundations. No branch of philosophy has been unaffected by this shift of emphasis. It is timely at the end of the century to review and assess the vast range of issues that have been developed and debated in this central area. The distinguished international contributors present a clear, accessible guide to the fundamental questions raised by the philosophers about language. Contributions include Graeme Forbes on necessity, Susan Haack on deviant logics, Paul Horwich on truth, Charles Travis on Wittgenstein, L.J. Cohen on linguistic philosophy, Ruth Kempson on semantics and syntax and Christopher Hookway on ontology, to name but a few. A wide range of topics are covered from the metaphysics and ontology of language, language and mind, truth and meaning, to theories or reference, speech act theory, philosophy of logic and formal semantics. There are also articles on key figures from the twentieth century and earlier. Based on the foundation provided by the award-winning Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics this single volume provides a collection of articles that will be an invaluable reference tool for all those interested in the area of philosophy of language, and also to those in cognitive science and psychology. All the articles have been thoroughly revised and updated. This volume gives a unique survey of topics that are at the very core of contemporary philosophy.
Table of Contents
Subject headings: Philosophical Approaches to Language
Language, Metaphysics and Ontology
Language and Mind
Truth and Meaning
Reference
Language and Logic
Formal Semantics
Pragmatics and Speech Act Theory
Key Figuresndash;Pre-20th Century
20th Century
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