An Introduction to the Philosophy of Language

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Macmillan, 1979 - Historical linguistics - 303 pages
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A good deal of contemporary philosophical discussion appeals implicitly or explicitly to one or another doctrine about the nature of natural languages. In this book these doctrines are set out and subjected to critical examination as contributions to a philosophical topic worthy of discussion in its own rights. The book undertakes a systematic critical discussion of conflicting doctrines about linguistic meaning and the nature of natural languages current in contemporary philosophy. It is unique in its attempt to draw together and relate to each other all the important strands of theorizing about language which go on in contemporary philosophy. -- Back cover.

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The Autonomy of the Linguistic Sign
Reference and Generality
General Names and Particulars

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