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  1. added 2019-06-14
    The Sentential Divide in Language and Cognition: On Pragmatics of Word Order Flexibility and Related Issues.Daniel L. Everett - 1994 - Pragmatics and Cognition 2 (1):131-166.
    Some linguists have argued that sentences should not be studied in isolation. They argue, rather, that the structure of sentences is largely the result of constraints imposed upon them by the discourses they are embedded in. I want to argue that this approach is misguided and that sentence-level syntax and discourse structure constitute distinct domains of study, at least in part because grammar is underdetermined by function. Moreover, I argue that discourse and sentence structures illustrate two types of cognition, dynamic (...)
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    Review of “Cognition and Representation in Linguistic Theory“ by Antoine Culioli. [REVIEW]T. Bearth - 2001 - Pragmatics and Cognition 9 (1):135-147.
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    Form and Function in the Evolution of Grammar.Frederick J. Newmeyer - 2017 - Cognitive Science 41 (S2):259-276.
    This article focuses on claims about the origin and evolution of language from the point of view of the formalist–functionalist debate in linguistics. In linguistics, an account of a grammatical phenomenon is considered “formal” if it accords center stage to the structural properties of that phenomenon, and “functional” if it appeals to the language user's communicative needs or to domain-general human capacities. The gulf between formalism and functionalism has been bridged in language evolution research, in that some leading formalists, Ray (...)
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    Winstanley the Digger, a Literary Analysis of Radical Ideas in the English RevolutionHayesT. Wilson. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1979. Pp. Viii, 258. $16.50. [REVIEW]John K. Graham - 1980 - Political Theory 8 (3):421-424.
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    What We Know When We Know a Language.Barry C. Smith - 2006 - In Ernest Lepore & Barry C. Smith (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press. pp. 941.
    EVERY speaker of a language knows a bewildering variety of linguistic facts, and will come to know many more. It is knowledge that connects sound and meaning. Questions about the nature of this knowledge cannot be separated from fundamental questions about the nature of language. The conception of language we should adopt depends on the part it plays in explaining our knowledge of language. This chapter explores options in accounting for language, and our knowledge of language, and defends the view (...)
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    The Use of the Binding Argument in the Debate About Location.Dan Zeman - 2017 - In Sarah-Jane Conrad & Klaus Petrus (eds.), Meaning, Context and Methodology. Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 191-212.
    In this paper I inquire into the methodological status of one of the arguments that have figured prominently in contemporary debates about the semantics of a variety of expressions, the so-called “Binding Argument”. My inquiry is limited to the case of meteorological sentences like “It is raining”, but my conclusion can be extended to other types of sentences as well. Following Jason Stanley, I distinguish between three interpretations of the argument. My focus is on the third, weakest interpretation, according to (...)
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    A Corpus Study of "Know": On the Verification of Philosophers' Frequency Claims About Language.Nat Hansen, J. D. Porter & Kathryn Francis - 2019 - Episteme:1-27.
    We investigate claims about the frequency of "know" made by philosophers. Our investigation has several overlapping aims. First, we aim to show what is required to confirm or disconfirm philosophers’ claims about the comparative frequency of different uses of philosophically interesting expressions. Second, we aim to show how using linguistic corpora as tools for investigating meaning is a productive methodology, in the sense that it yields discoveries about the use of language that philosophers would have overlooked if they remained in (...)
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  8. added 2019-01-22
    Linguistic Intuitions: Error Signals and the Voice of Competence.Steven Gross - forthcoming - In Samuel Schindler, Anna Drożdżowicz & Karen Brøcker (eds.), Linguistic Intuitions. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
    Linguistic intuitions are a central source of evidence across a variety of linguistic domains. They have also long been a source of controversy. This chapter aims to illuminate the etiology and evidential status of at least some linguistic intuitions by relating them to error signals of the sort posited by accounts of on-line monitoring of speech production and comprehension. The suggestion is framed as a novel reply to Michael Devitt’s claim that linguistic intuitions are theory-laden “central systems” responses, rather than (...)
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    The Onomastic Evidence for Bronze-Age West Semitic.M. O'Connor - 2004 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 124 (3):439-470.
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    What is — or, for That Matter, Isn’T — ‘Experimental' Semantics?Pauline Jacobson - 2018 - In Derek Ball & Brian Rabern (eds.), The Science of meaning: Essays on the metatheory of natural language semantics. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. pp. 46-72.
    This paper examines the currently fashionable notion of 'experimental semantics', and argues that most work in natural language semantics has always been experimental. The oft-cited dichotomy between 'theoretical' (or 'armchair') and 'experimental' is bogus and should be dropped form the discourse. The same holds for dichotomies like 'intuition-based' (or 'thought experiments') vs. 'empirical' work (and 'real experiments'). The so-called new 'empirical' methods are often nothing more than collecting the large-scale 'intuitions' or, doing multiple thought experiments. Of course the use of (...)
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    Axiomatization in the Meaning Sciences.Wesley H. Holliday & Thomas Icard - 2018 - In Derek Ball & Brian Rabern (eds.), The Science of Meaning: Essays on the Metatheory of Natural Language Semantics. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. pp. 73-97.
    While much of semantic theorizing is based on intuitions about logical phenomena associated with linguistic constructions—phenomena such as consistency and entailment—it is rare to see axiomatic treatments of linguistic fragments. Given a fragment interpreted in some class of formally specified models, it is often possible to ask for a characterization of the reasoning patterns validated by the class of models. Axiomatizations provide such a characterization, often in a perspicuous and efficient manner. In this paper, we highlight some of the benefits (...)
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    Subject Auxiliary Inversion and Linguistic Generalization: Evidence for Functional/Cognitive Motivation in Language.Rong Chen - 2013 - Cognitive Linguistics 24 (1):1-32.
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    Operational Linguistics.Silvio Ceccato - 1965 - Foundations of Language 1 (3):171-188.
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    Ambiguity and Zeugma.Emanuel Viebahn - forthcoming - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly.
    In arguing against a supposed ambiguity, philosophers often rely on the zeugma test. In an application of the zeugma test, a supposedly ambiguous expression is placed in a sentence in which several of its supposed meanings are forced together. If the resulting sentence sounds zeugmatic, that is taken as evidence for ambiguity; if it does not sound zeugmatic, that is taken as evidence against ambiguity. The aim of this article is to show that arguments based on the second direction of (...)
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    Logical and Psychological Aspects in the Consideration of Language.Evert W. Beth - 1947 - Synthese 5 (11-12):542 - 544.
  16. added 2018-06-21
    Children Use Verb Semantics to Retreat From Overgeneralization Errors: A Novel Verb Grammaticality Judgment Study.Ben Ambridge, Julian M. Pine & Caroline F. Rowland - 2011 - Cognitive Linguistics 22 (2).
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    Eye Movements as an Indicator of Spoken Language Processes.Richard Andersson & Philip Diderichsen - unknown
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    Bühler and Popper: Kantian Therapies for the Crisis in Psychology.Thomas Sturm - 2012 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43 (2):462-472.
    I analyze the historical background and philosophical considerations of Karl Bühler and his student Karl Popper regarding the crisis of psychology. They share certain Kantian questions and methods for reflection on the state of the art in psychology. Part 1 outlines Bühler’s diagnosis and therapy for the crisis in psychology as he perceived it, leading to his famous theory of language. I also show how the Kantian features of Bühler’s approach help to deal with objections to his crisis diagnosis and (...)
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    Carving Language for Social Coordination: A Dynamical Approach.Riccardo Fusaroli & Kristian Tylén - 2012 - Interaction Studies 13 (1):103-124.
    Human social coordination is often mediated by language. Through verbal dialogue, people direct each other’s attention to properties of their shared environment, they discuss how to jointly solve problems, share their introspections, and distribute roles and assignments. In this article, we propose a dynamical framework for the study of the coordinative role of language. Based on a review of a number of recent experimental studies, we argue that shared symbolic patterns emerge and stabilize through a process of local reciprocal linguistic (...)
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    Linguistic Minimalism: Origins, Concepts, Methods, and Aims.Cedric Boeckx - 2006 - Oxford University Press UK.
    The Minimalist Program for linguistic theory is Noam Chomsky's boldest and most radical version of his naturalistic approach to language. Cedric Boeckz examines its foundations, explains its underlying philosophy, exemplifies its methods, and considers the significance of its empirical results. He explores the roots and antecedents of the Program and shows how its methodologies parallel those of sciences such as physics and biology. He disentangles and clarifies current debates and issues around the nature of minimalist research in linguistics and shows (...)
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  21. added 2016-08-12
    An Anthropological Principle In Linguistics.Svetlana Omelchenko - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 39:193-200.
    This paper presents current debates on an anthropological principle in linguistics that Russian scholars are involved in. It presents as important the consideration of traditional issues in linguistics from the position of anthropologism. Also, it is fruitful to understand the lingual personality as an object of study in linguistics, to interpret the meaning of words from an anthropocentric position, and to anthropologically interpret ways of the world conceptualization in semantics of the lingual and textual units. It is especially important to (...)
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    Why Truth-Conditional Semantics in Generative Linguistics is Still the Better Bet.Toby Napoletano - 2017 - Erkenntnis 82 (3):673-692.
    In his “Meaning and Formal Semantics in Generative Grammar” (Erkenntnis 2015, 61–87), Stephen Schiffer argues that truth-conditional semantics is a poor fit with generative linguistics. In particular, he thinks that it fails to explain speakers’ abilities to understand the sentences of their language. In its place, he recommends his “Best Bet Theory”—a theory which aims to directly explain speakers’ abilities to mean things by their utterances and know what others mean by their utterances. I argue that Schiffer does not provide (...)
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    Experimental Methods for Study of Variation.Naomi Nagy - 2006 - In Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics. pp. 4--390.
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    Why No(T)?Jason Merchant - unknown
    This note presents a simple, novel diagnostic for determining the phrase structural status of negative markers cross-linguistically, a topic of enduring interest (for recent approaches and references see Haegeman; Zanuttini; Giannakidou, Landscape and Polarity). If the sentential negative marker in a given language is phrasal (an XP, generally adverbial), it will occur in the collocation why not?; if it is a head (an X 0, generally clitic-like), it will not. In the latter languages, the word for ‘no’ can sometimes be (...)
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    Linguistics From an Evolutionary Point of View.James Hurford - 2012 - In Ruth M. Kempson, Tim Fernando & Nicholas Asher (eds.), Philosophy of Linguistics. North Holland. pp. 477.
  26. added 2016-08-02
    The Primacy of Grammar.Nirmalangshu Mukherji - 2010 - Bradford.
    A proposal that the biolinguistic approach to human languages may have identified,beyond the study of language, a specific structure of the human mind.
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    Balancing Acts: Empirical Pursuits in Cognitive Linguistics.John Newman - 2010 - In Dylan Glynn & Kerstin Fischer (eds.), Quantitative Methods in Cognitive Semantics: Corpus-Driven Approaches. De Gruyter Mouton. pp. 46--79.
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    Logic and Linguistics in the Twentieth Century.Alessandro Lenci & Gabriel Sandu - 2008 - In Leila Haaparanta (ed.), The Development of Modern Logic. Oxford University Press.
    This chapter begins with a discussion of the three phases of the interaction between logic and linguistics on the nature of universal grammar. It then attempts to reconstruct the dynamics and interactions between these approaches in logic and in linguistic theory, which represent the major landmarks in the quest for the individuation of the universal structure of language.
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    Neurobiology: Linguistics' Millennium Bug?Stanley Munsat - 1999 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (5):845-846.
    Gold & Stoljar pose a dilemma for linguistics should neurobiology win out as the science of mind. The dilemma can be avoided by reestablishing linguistics as an autonomous discipline, rather than a branch of the science of mind. Independent considerations for doing this are presented.
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    Trees of History in Systematics and Philology.Robert J. O'Hara - 1996 - Memorie Della Società Italiana di Scienze Naturali E Del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano 27 (1): 81–88.
    "The Natural System" is the name given to the underlying arrangement present in the diversity of life. Unlike a classification, which is made up of classes and members, a system or arrangement is an integrated whole made up of connected parts. In the pre-evolutionary period a variety of forms were proposed for the Natural System, including maps, circles, stars, and abstract multidimensional objects. The trees sketched by Darwin in the 1830s should probably be considered the first genuine evolutionary diagrams of (...)
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    Negative Evidence in Language Acquisition.Gary F. Marcus - 1993 - Cognition 46 (1):53-85.
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    Some Applications of Logical and Psychological Principles to Grammar.Peter Magnus Magnusson - 1894 - Philosophical Review 3 (3):380-380.
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    Culture, Language and Thought: Field Studies on Colour Concepts.Arnold Groh - 2016 - Journal of Cognition and Culture 16 (1-2):83–106.
    In a series of studies the assumption of a lack of colour concepts in indigenous societies, as proposed by Berlin & Kay (1969) and others, was examined. The research took place in the form of minimally invasive field encounters with indigenous subjects in South East Asia and in India, as well as in West, Central, and South Africa. Subjects were screened for colour blindness with Ishihara- and Pflüger-Trident-Test. Standardised colour tablets had to be designated in the indigenous languages; these terms (...)
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    Cladistic Parsimony, Historical Linguistics and Cultural Phylogenetics.Frank Cabrera - 2017 - Mind and Language 32 (1):65-100.
    Here, I consider the recent application of phylogenetic methods in historical linguistics. After a preliminary survey of one such method, i.e. cladistic parsimony, I respond to two common criticisms of cultural phylogenies: that cultural artifacts cannot be modeled as tree-like because of borrowing across lineages, and that the mechanism of cultural change differs radically from that of biological evolution. I argue that while perhaps remains true for certain cultural artifacts, the nature of language may be such as to side-step this (...)
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    The Dogma of Isomorphism: A Case Study From Speech Perception.Irene Appelbaum - 1999 - Philosophy of Science 66 (3):S250-S259.
    In this paper I provide a metatheoretical analysis of speech perception research. I argue that the central turning point in the history of speech perception research has not been well understood. While it is widely thought to mark a decisive break with what I call "the alphabetic conception of speech," I argue that it instead marks the entrenchment of this conception of speech. In addition, I argue that the alphabetic conception of speech continues to underwrite speech perception research today and (...)
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    Language as a Dynamical System.Jeffrey L. Elman - 1995 - In Tim van Gelder & Robert Port (eds.), Mind as Motion: Explorations in the Dynamics of Cognition. MIT Press. pp. 195--223.
  37. added 2016-04-22
    Some Thoughts on Data and Theory in Linguistics.Richard E. Grandy - 1980 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1980:605 - 609.
    Arguments for the preference of introspective judgments as evidence for syntactic theory are reviewed. A brief historical account of the origins of the presuppositions of the orthodox theory of data collection is given.
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    N. Chomsky.Linguistic Competence - 1985 - In Jerrold J. Katz (ed.), The Philosophy of Linguistics. Oxford University Press. pp. 80.
  39. added 2016-03-05
    Patterns in the Mind: Language And.R. Jackendoff - forthcoming - Human Nature.
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    Kinship Terminology: Polysemy or Categorization?Lotte Hogeweg, Géraldine Legendre & Paul Smolensky - 2010 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 33 (5):386-387.
    The target article offers an analysis of the categorization of kin types and empirical evidence that cross-cultural universals may be amenable to OT explanation. Since the analysis concerns the structuring of conceptual categories rather than the use of words, it differs from previous OT analyses in lexical semantics in what is considered to be the input and output of optimization.
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    Heavy Parentheses Wipe-Out Rules, Okay?Gerald Gazdar - 1978 - Linguistics and Philosophy 2 (2):281 - 289.
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    The Complexity of the Vocabulary of Bambara.Christopher Culy - 1985 - Linguistics and Philosophy 8 (3):345 - 351.
  43. added 2015-11-19
    Processualism in Linguistic Theory and Method.H. Stephen Straight - forthcoming - Linguistics and Philosophy.
  44. added 2015-11-19
    Ambiguity in Linguistic Theory.P. JuliÀ - 2010 - Metalogicon 2:65-102.
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    Chapter One the Logical Study of Language.Scott Soames - 2010 - In Philosophy of Language. Princeton University Press. pp. 7-32.
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    Experimental Pragmatics: A Gricean Turn in the Study of Language.Ira A. Noveck & Anne Reboul - 2008 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 12 (11):425-431.
  47. added 2015-11-19
    Two Views of Simplicity in Linguistic Theory: Which Connects Better with Cognitive Science?Nick Chater & Morten H. Christiansen - 2007 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 11 (8):324-326.
  48. added 2015-11-19
    Understanding Context Before Using It.Mary Bazire & Patrick Brézillon - 2005 - In B. Kokinov A. Dey (ed.), Modeling and Using Context. Springer. pp. 29--40.
  49. added 2015-11-19
    The Contributions of the Interdisciplinary Study of Language to an Understanding of Mind.Nancy Budwig - 2004 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (1):101-102.
    Carpendale & Lewis (C&L) emphasize the importance of viewing language as activity. In this commentary I push further their claim by highlighting how constructions, rather than words, are the appropriate unit of analysis. In addition, I suggest how a discussion of indexicality paves the way for a better understanding of how language provides a powerful tool for children's construction of mind.
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    Cognitive Science and the Study of Language.Christina Erneling - 1997 - In David Martel Johnson & Christina E. Erneling (eds.), The Future of the Cognitive Revolution. Oxford University Press. pp. 115.
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