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Topics in Syntax and Semantics
Topics in Syntax and Semantics

Linguistic and Philosophical Perspectives

Contributor(s): Wiktor Pskit (Editor)
Subject(s): Theoretical Linguistics
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Keywords: syntax; semantics; modal; construal; epistemic; plurality; nominal expressions; singular term; quotation
Summary/Abstract: Syntax and semantics are traditional areas of the study of language recognised in linguistics and philosophy of language. This overlap of research areas seems to justify publication of a volume containing both linguistic and philosophical papers on selected issues pertaining to syntax and semantics. While linguistics and philosophy of language remain distinct disciplines in a number of ways, this collection of papers attempts to demonstrate that exchange of ideas by the representatives of the two fields is not only possible: it can actually be fruitful. The major goal of this volume is to bring together the efforts of linguists and philosophers (representing different schools of thought within respective disciplines) trying to explore selected topics in syntax and semantics. The most obvious contrast between linguistics and philosophy of language – the preoccupation with the morphosyntactic distribution of specific linguistic elements in the former and striving for precise semantic analyses that abstract from language-particular morphosyntactic detail in the latter – is still visible throughout the book. Yet, one can observe some degree of openness to insights from philosophical investigation on the part of linguists and from linguistic research on the part of philosophers. This openness involves, among other things, ingesting the results of investigation in the other field, employment of terminology or even ‘borrowing’ some methods of research.

  • E-ISBN-13: 978-83-8088-842-5
  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-83-8088-841-8
  • Page Count: 156
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: English
Some experimental techniques in the study of horizontal and vertical aspects of event and narrative construal

Some experimental techniques in the study of horizontal and vertical aspects of event and narrative construal
(Some experimental techniques in the study of horizontal and vertical aspects of event and narrative construal)

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Propositional attitude predicates and ‘that’-clauses

Propositional attitude predicates and ‘that’-clauses
(Propositional attitude predicates and ‘that’-clauses)

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Epistemic must in Japanese – the case of modals hazu and ni chigainai

Epistemic must in Japanese – the case of modals hazu and ni chigainai
(Epistemic must in Japanese – the case of modals hazu and ni chigainai)

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Referentially used descriptions in truth-conditional semantics

Referentially used descriptions in truth-conditional semantics
(Referentially used descriptions in truth-conditional semantics)

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Linguistic and philosophical approaches to NPN structures

Linguistic and philosophical approaches to NPN structures
(Linguistic and philosophical approaches to NPN structures)

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Pairs of things and the meaning of the plural

Pairs of things and the meaning of the plural
(Pairs of things and the meaning of the plural)

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Deriving quotation: some Minimalist problems

Deriving quotation: some Minimalist problems
(Deriving quotation: some Minimalist problems)

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