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Summary The philosophy of linguistics deals with philosophical issues arising in connection with the discipline of linguistics. It covers a wide variety of topics, including: (a) ontological issues, such as the nature of languages and of related entities (e.g. sentences and words), as well the proper characterization of the subject matter of the discipline; (b) epistemological issues, such as the nature and scope of a speaker's knowledge of her language; (c) methodological issues concerning the goals of theorization and the nature of linguistic explanation, the appropriate roles of abstraction and idealization, the import of the competence/performance distinction, and the kinds of data that may justify linguistic hypotheses.
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Chapter 1 of Chomsky 1965 contains a seminal discussion of methodological and epistemological issues, such as the competence-performance distinction, the connection between explanatory adequacy and language acquisition, the place of intuitions/judgments as a source of evidence and the nature and role of abstraction and idealization in theorization. 

Chomsky 1980  has Chomsky's replies to criticisms posed by philosophers (among others), including worries about innateness and about the "psychological reality" of the posits of linguistic theory.

  Chomsky 1986 is the locus classicus for the distinction between I-Language and E-Language, and it also presents a very influential (and controversial) characterization of linguistics as a "branch of cognitive psychology".

Katz 1980 is a sustained critique of the Chomskyan perspective, and offers an alternative, Platonic conception of linguistics as a non-empirical, formal discipline. Soames 1984  and Higginbotham 1983, respectively, seek to combine an empirical view of linguistic research with a Platonic ontology of its subject matter. 

  Katz 1985 is the first collection of papers to bear the title "Philosophy of Linguistics", and it features many of the early key works. Chomsky & George 1989 includes several influential papers dealing with the ontology and epistemology of linguistics—notably George 1989 and Peacocke 1989

 Devitt 2006 is an attack on several aspects of the Chomskyan conception, such as the "psychological" view of linguistics and what Devitt calls the "Cartesian view" of linguistic intuitions.

Ludlow 2011  is one of the most recent monograph-length treatments of the topics mentioned above, and also contains discussions of issues such as normativity and rule-following, simplicity and formalization, and the externalist-internalist debate in semantics and in syntax. 

Introductions Pelletier 2000, Ludlow 1998
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  1. Stanisław Goźdź-Roszkowski and Gianluca Pontrandolfo (eds.): Law, Language and the Courtroom—Legal Linguistics and the Discourse of Judges, Routledge, Abingdon, 2022. 245 pp., ISBN: 978–1-003–15377-1 (ebk). [REVIEW]Shuqiong Wu & Jinyan Li - 2023 - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 36 (1):369-372.
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  2. The Philosophy and Science of Language.Ryan Mark Nefdt, Carita Klippi & Bart Karstens (eds.) - 2020 - Palgrave Mcmillan.
    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 (...)
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  3. Meanings Without Species.Josh Armstrong - forthcoming - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy.
    In this paper, I critically assess Mark Richard’s interesting and important development of the claim that linguistic meanings can be fruitfully analogized with biological species. I argue that linguistic meanings qua cluster of interpretative presuppositions need not and often do not display the population-level independence and reproductive isolation that is characteristic of the biological species concept. After developing these problems in some detail, I close with a discussion of their implications for the picture that Richard paints concerning the dangers of (...)
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  4. Truth and Imprecision.Josh Armstrong - forthcoming - Analytic Philosophy.
    Our ordinary assertions are often imprecise, insofar as the way we represent things as being only approximates how things are in the actual world. The phenomenon of assertoric imprecision raises a challenge to standard accounts of both the norm of assertion and the connection between semantics and the objects of assertion. After clarifying these problems in detail, I develop a framework for resolving them. Specifically, I argue that the phenomenon of assertoric imprecision motivates a rejection of the widely held belief (...)
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  5. The Verbal Aspect Integral to the Perfect and Pluperfect Tense-forms in the Pauline Corpus: A Semantic and Pragmatic Analysis.James Sedlacek - 2022 - 2542 Pieterlen, Switzerland: Peter Lang.
    This book argues that the verbal aspect of the Greek Perfect is complex, involving not one but two aspects, where the perfective applies to events and the imperfective applies to states. These two aspects are connected to specific morphemes in the Perfect tense-form. This study analyses Perfect tense-forms in discursive text by focusing on the Pauline Corpus. The method is grounded in grammaticalisation studies and informed by morphology, comparative linguistics, and historical linguistics. The argument is further supported by a corpus-based (...)
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  6. Bilingual processing of verbal and constructional information in English dative constructions: effects of cross-linguistic influence.Xueyan Liu, Yunchuan Chen & Hyunwoo Kim - 2022 - Cognitive Linguistics 33 (4):701-726.
    This study investigated the role of cross-linguistic influence in L2 learners’ integration of a verb and a construction during online English sentence processing. In a self-paced reading task, L1-English speakers and Chinese-L1 learners of English read the English double-object and prepositional dative constructions with verbs whose Chinese translation equivalents are either compatible or incompatible with each dative form. When including only a subset of trials for which participants provided expected translations for the target sentences (i.e., translating the English prepositional dative (...)
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  7. Beyond Anthropocentrism in Comparative Cognition: Recentering Animal Linguistics.Philippe Schlenker, Camille Coye, Shane Steinert-Threlkeld, Nathan Klinedinst & Emmanuel Chemla - 2022 - Cognitive Science 46 (12):e13220.
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  8. SZABÓ, ZOLTÁN GENDLER; THOMASON, RICHMOND H., Philosophy of Language (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2019, XII + 327 pp. [REVIEW]Piotr Stalmaszczyk - 2019 - Anuario Filosófico 52 (3):662-665.
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  9. Irony as a speech action.Maciej Witek - 2022 - Journal of Pragmatics 190:76-90.
    The paper develops a speech act-based model of verbal irony. It argues, first, that ironic utterances are speech actions performed as conforming to a socially accepted procedure and, second, that they are best understood as so-called etiolated uses of language. The paper is organized into four parts. The first one elaborates on Austin's doctrine of the etiolations of language and distinguishes between the normal or serious mode of communication and its etiolated mode. The second part discusses the dominant approaches to (...)
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  10. Prosody in recognizing dialogue-specific functions of speech acts. Evidence from Polish.Maciej Witek, Sara Kwiecień, Małgorzata Wrzosek, Mateusz Włodarczyk & Jakub Bondek - 2022 - Language Sciences 93:101499.
    In this paper we evaluate the role of prosodic information in inferring dialogue-specific functions of speech acts. We report the results of an empirical study in which participants are exposed to recordings of certain utterances and, next, asked to recognize discursive contexts from which the heard utterances may come. The recorded utterances are quotations: staged utterances produced by speakers asked to read aloud dialogues specially constructed for the study. We analyse prosodic cues produced by recorded speakers and argue that they (...)
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  11. An Austinian alternative to the Gricean perspective on meaning and communication,.Maciej Witek - 2022 - Journal of Pragmatics 201:60-75.
    My aim in this paper is to contribute to the debate on the foundations of semantics and pragmatics by developing an Austinian alternative to the Gricean programme. The Gricean approach has been criticised by Ernie Lepore and Matthew Stone who claim that most of the interpretive effects that are usually accounted for as inferentially recognized aspects of meaning are in fact determined by grammar. I argue, however, that it is the Austinian perspective rather than the extended-grammar outlook, that constitutes a (...)
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  12. From Generative Linguistics to Categorial Grammars: Overt Subjects in Control Infinitives.María Inés Corbalán - 2021 - Bulletin of Symbolic Logic 27 (2):215-215.
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  13. Linguistics, semiotics, and cognition.La Mantia Francesco - 2018 - Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy 6 (2):205-211.
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  14. Fluctuation and vagueness: breaks from univocity in Phenomenology and Cognitive Linguistics.Simona Cresti - 2016 - Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy 4 (2):215-243.
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  15. Spatial phenomenology and cognitive linguistics: the case of bodily and perceptual spaces.Johan Blomberg & Martin Thiering - 2016 - Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy 4 (2):159-212.
  16. Speaking subjects. Towards a rapprochement between phenomenology and structural linguistics.Beata Stawarska - 2016 - Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy 4 (2):63-88.
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  17. Expression and signification: the logicist trend in modern linguistics [1927].Rozalija Šor - 2016 - Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy 4 (2):15-44.
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  18. Phenomenology and Linguistics.Simone Aurora & Flack orcidorgPatrick - 2016 - Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy 4 (2):7-12.
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  19. Key Ideas in Linguistics and the Philosophy of Language.Siobhan Chapman & Christopher Routledge (eds.) - 2009 - Edinburgh University Press.
    This book offers introductory entries on 80 ideas that have shaped the study of language up to the present day. Entries are written by experts in the fields of linguistics and the philosophy of language to reflect the full range of approaches and modes of thought. Each entry includes a brief description of the idea, an account of its development, and its impact on the field of language study. The book is written in an accessible style with clear descriptions of (...)
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  20. Kullīyāt al-maʻrifah al-lughawīyah ʻinda al-falāsifah al-Muslimah fī ḍawʼ al-lisānīyāt.Karīm ʻUbayd ʻAlawī - 2013 - al-Jazāʼir: Manshūrāt al-Ikhtilāf.
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  21. Issues in language and linguistics: perspectives from Nigeria.Olatunde Ayodabo & Nahum Butari (eds.) - 2013 - Kaduna: Language Study Group of Nigeria in conjunction with the Department of English and Drama, Kaduna State University.
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  22. Review of Ibbotson (2020): What it Takes to Talk: Exploring Developmental Cognitive Linguistics. [REVIEW]Yanyan Jiang & Shuqiong Wu - 2022 - Interaction Studies 23 (1):143-149.
    This article reviews What it Takes to Talk: Exploring Developmental Cognitive Linguistics 978-3-11-064441-8.
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  23. Queer linguistics, international perspectives and the Lavender Languages Conference: rethinking alterity.William L. Leap - 2013 - In Kathleen O'Mara & Liz Morrish (eds.), Queering paradigms III: queer impact and practices. Peter Lang.
  24. Structure and the whole: east, west and non-Darwinian biology in the origins of structural linguistics.Patrick Sériot - 2014 - Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
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  25. Structure and the whole: east, west and non-Darwinian biology in the origins of structural linguistics.Patrick Sériot - 2014 - Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
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  26. Izbrani spisi: filozofija, semiotika, pragmatika.Janez Justin - 2014 - Ljubljana: Studia humanitatis.
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  27. Linguagem em contextos.Maria Cecilia Mollica & Claudio de Paiva Franco (eds.) - 2014 - [Rio de Janeiro, Brazil]: 7 Letras.
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  28. Without metaphor, no saving God: theology after cognitive linguistics.Robert Masson - 2014 - Walpole, MA: Peeters.
    Studies of conceptual and neural mapping in cognitive linguistics, while posing a fundamental challenge for religious belief, also suggest new ways of understanding how people conceptualize God and make theological inferences. This book, inspired by that research and attentive to the distinctive insights of Christian theology, elaborates an innovative explanation of God-talk, better able to credibly address confusion and controversies that trouble the church, academic theology, and broader culture. The first part analyzes both cognitive linguistics' challenge to standard theological depictions (...)
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  29. De la lingüística a la hermenéutica: teoría y método de interpretación del texto.Judith Gil Clotet - 2015 - Vigo, Pontevedra (España): Editorial Academia del Hispanismo.
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  30. Problems of methodology and philosophy in linguistics.Ireneusz Bobrowski - 2015 - New York: Peter Lang Edition.
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  31. Menguak tiga faset kehidupan bahasa: fungsi hakikinya, pengelola ilmunya, kesalingterikatannya dengan budaya. Sudaryanto - 2017 - Yogyakarta: Sanata Dharma University Press.
    Linguistic analysis on the function of language.
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  32. Úton egy más nyelvészet felé: elméleti-módszertani problémák a 20. századi magyar nyelvtudományban.Krisztina Fehér - 2016 - [Debrecen]: Debreceni Egyetemi Kiadó.
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  33. Analogy as a search procedure: A dimensional view.Matías Osta-Vélez & Peter Gärdenfors - 2022 - Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence 1.
    In this paper, we outline a comprehensive approach to composed analogies based on the theory of conceptual spaces. Our algorithmic model understands analogy as a search procedure and builds upon the idea that analogical similarity depends on a conceptual phenomena called ‘dimensional salience.’ We distinguish between category-based, property-based, event-based, and part-whole analogies, and propose computationally-oriented methods for explicating them in terms of conceptual spaces.
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  34. Compositionality and Concepts in Linguistics and Psychology.James A. Hampton & Yoad Winter (eds.) - 2017 - Cham: Imprint: Springer.
    By highlighting relations between experimental and theoretical work, this volume explores new ways of addressing one of the central challenges in the study of language and cognition. The articles bring together work by leading scholars and younger researchers in psychology, linguistics and philosophy. An introductory chapter lays out the background on concept composition, a problem that is stimulating much new research in cognitive science. Researchers in this interdisciplinary domain aim to explain how meanings of complex expressions are derived from simple (...)
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  35. Logiko-filosofskiĭ analiz i︠a︡zyka: sovremennyĭ vzgli︠a︡d.Ekaterina Vasilʹevna Vostrikova - 2017 - Moskva: Institut filosofii RAN.
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  36. The writing of spirit: Soul, System, and the Roots of Language Science.Sarah M. Pourciau - 2017 - New York: Fordham University Press.
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  37. Tradition and innovation in language and linguistics: a Coserian perspective.Cristinel Munteanu - 2017 - New York: Peter Lang Edition.
    Part 1: Linguistics and philosophy of language -- Part 2: Hermeneutics and text linguistics -- Part 3: Lexicology and phraseology.
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  38. Filosofii︠a︡ i︠a︡zyka i filosofii︠a︡ i︠a︡zykoznanii︠a︡: lingvofilosofskie ocherki.V. S. I︠U︡rchenko - 2017 - Moskva: URSS.
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  39. La parola.Riccardo Campa - 2017 - Bologna: Società editrice Il mulino.
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  40. Reference and representation in thought and language.María Ponte & Kepa Korta (eds.) - 2017 - Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
    This volume offers novel views on the precise relation between reference to an object by means of a linguistic expression and our mental representation of that object, long a source of debate in the philosophy of language, linguistics, and cognitive science. Chapters in this volume deal with our devices for singular reference and singular representation, with most focusing on linguistic expressions that are used to refer to particular objects, persons, or places. These expressions include proper names such as Mary and (...)
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  41. Kompetentnostnai︠a︡ modelʹ filologa: kollektivnai︠a︡ monografii︠a︡.I. B. Kamenskai︠a︡, I︠A︡. M. Buzinskai︠a︡ & A. I. Kamenskiĭ (eds.) - 2017 - Simferopolʹ: IT "ARIAL".
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  42. Complexity theory and language development: in celebration of Diane Larsen-Freeman.Lourdes Ortega, Zhaohong Han & Diane Larsen-Freeman (eds.) - 2017 - Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
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  43. III. Across borders : new methods for study of inference. Legal translation pragmatics : legal meaning as text-external convention : the case of 'chattels' / Svetlana V. Vlasenko ; Calculating legal meanings? : drawbacks and opportunities of corpus-assisted legal linguistics to make the law (more) explicit / Friedemann Vogel ; The common error in theories of adjudication : an inferentialist argument for a doctrinal conception / Ralf Poscher ; On inferencing in law. [REVIEW]Dieter Stein - 2017 - In Janet Giltrow & Dieter Stein (eds.), The pragmatic turn in law: inference and interpretation in legal discourse. De Gruyter Mouton.
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  44. II. Horizons of inference : Extending the context of interpretation. Between similarity and analogy : rethinking the role of prototypes in law and cognitive linguistics / Angela Condello and Alexandra Arapinis ; When is an insult a crime? : on diverging conceptualizations and changing legislation / Klaus P. Schneider and Dirk Zielasko ; Pragmatic interpretation by judges : constrained performatives and the deployment of gender bias / Frances Olsen ; Disguising the dynamism of the law in Canadian courts : judges using dictionaries. [REVIEW]Shurli Makmillen & Margery Fee - 2017 - In Janet Giltrow & Dieter Stein (eds.), The pragmatic turn in law: inference and interpretation in legal discourse. De Gruyter Mouton.
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  45. Philosophy of language, linguistics, and possible lessons about originalism.Kent Greenawalt - 2017 - In Brian G. Slocum (ed.), The nature of legal interpretation: what jurists can learn about legal interpretation from linguistics and philosophy. University of Chicago Press.
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  46. The contribution of linguistics to legal interpretation.Brian G. Slocum - 2017 - In The nature of legal interpretation: what jurists can learn about legal interpretation from linguistics and philosophy. University of Chicago Press.
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  47. The nature of legal interpretation: what jurists can learn about legal interpretation from linguistics and philosophy.Brian G. Slocum (ed.) - 2017 - Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
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  48. Language and being: Heidegger's linguistics.Duane Williams - 2017 - New York: Bloomsbury Academic.
  49. Linguistica e classificazione delle scienze.Claudia Stancati - 2018 - Torino: L'Harmattan Italia.
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  50. Languaging without languages: beyond metro-, multi-, poly-, pluri- and translanguaging.Robin Sabino - 2018 - Boston: Brill.
    Introduction: the languages ideology -- Ideology -- Entrenchment and the linguistic individual --Conventionalization and the illusion of shared grammar -- Conclusion.
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