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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. 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. Language and Scientific Explanation: Where Does Semantics Fit In?Eran Asoulin - forthcoming - Berlin, Germany: Language Science Press.
    This book discusses the two main construals of the explanatory goals of semantic theories. The first, externalist conception, understands semantic theories in terms of a hermeneutic and interpretive explanatory project. The second, internalist conception, understands semantic theories in terms of the psychological mechanisms in virtue of which meanings are generated. It is argued that a fruitful scientific explanation is one that aims to uncover the underlying mechanisms in virtue of which the observable phenomena are made possible, and that a scientific (...)
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  2. Of Danger and Difficulty: Rowan Williams and ‘The Tragic Imagination’.Khegan Delport - 2020 - Heythrop Journal 61 (3):505-520.
  3. Schwerpunkt “Morphologie” [Special section “Morphology”].Ralf Müller - 2019 - Zeitschrift für Kulturphilosophie 1 (13):5-86.
    Ernst Cassirer’s (1874–1945) lecture ≫Structuralism in Modern Linguistics≪, given in 1945, not only represents a kind of late return to his intellectual origins in thetradition of Leibniz, Kant and Humboldt. It also provides a diagnosis of the importance of linguistics in his time. This diagnosis should prove far-sighted from the vantage point of both the history and philosophy of science. The thesis presented in this article is that for Cassirer, modern linguistics represents a scientific paradigm that encompasses various fields in (...)
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  4. Towards a Formal Symbolic Occurrence Logic.Farshad Badie - 2018 - In Hans Götzsche (ed.), The Meaning of Language. Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK: Cambridge Scholars.
    In this research I will focus on a basis for a formal model based on an alternative kind of logic invented by Hans Götzsche: Occurrence Logic (Occ Log), which is not based on truth values and truth functionality. Also, I have taken into account tense logic developed and elaborated by A. N. Prior. In this article I will provide a conceptual and logical foundation for formal Occurrence Logic based on symbolic logic and will illustrate the most important relations between symbolic (...)
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  5. The Cognitive Sciences: A Comment on 6 Reviews of the MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences.Robert A. Wilson - 2001 - Artificial Intelligence 2 (130):223-229.
    As the pluralization in the title of MITECS suggests, and as many reviewers have noted, the stance that we adopted as general editors for this project was ecumenical. We were particularly concerned to generate a volume whose range of topics and perspectives indicated that “cognitive science” was different things to different groups of researchers, and that many even fundamental questions remain open after at least four decades of various interdisciplinary ventures. Implicit in this view is a wariness of any putative (...)
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  6. Natural Language Ontology (Routledge Handbook of Metametaphysics).Friederike Moltmann - forthcoming - In Ricki Bliss & James Miller (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Metametaphysics. Routledge.
    This paper gives an outline of natural language ontology as a subdiscipline of both linguistics and philosophy. It argues that part of the constructional ontology reflected in natural language is in significant respects on a par with syntax (on the generative view).
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  7. The Evolution of (Proto-)Language: Focus on Mechanisms.Przemyslaw Zywickzinski, Nathalie Gontier & Slawomir Wacewicz - 2017 - Language Science 63 (63):1-11.
    This article introduces a special issue on mechanisms in language evolution research. It describes processes relevant for the emergence of protolanguage and the transition thereof to modern language. Protolanguage is one of the key terms in the field of language evolution, used to designate a hypothesised intermediate stage in the emergence of language present in extinct hominins: qualitatively different from non-human primate communication in possessing some, but not all, of the features that characterise modern language. Much debate in language evolution (...)
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  8. До питання про мовну толерантність (результати опитування, проведеного у Вінницькій області).Taras Tkachuk - 2017 - Language: Classic – Modern – Postmodern 3:68-76.
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  9. El Enigma de Pierre y la Atribución de Actitudes Proposicionales. Una teoría Objetual de las Creencias.Markel Kortabarria - manuscript
    Este trabajo constituye un intento de arrojar luz sobre el problema de la atribución de creencias surgido a raíz del planteamiento que hizo Saul Kripke en su artículo ‘’A puzzle about belief'' publicado en ''Meaning & Use'' en el año 1979. El artículo de Kripke no pasó inadvertido, recibió una gran variedad de respuestas y generó una amplia bibliografía. De entre todas las respuestas que se ofrecieron, expondré la solución que ofreció Ruth Barcan Marcus en ''A proposed solution to a (...)
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  10. Infinity and the Foundations of Linguistics.Ryan Nefdt - 2019 - Synthese 196 (5):1671-1711.
    The concept of linguistic infinity has had a central role to play in foundational debates within theoretical linguistics since its more formal inception in the mid-twentieth century. The conceptualist tradition, marshalled in by Chomsky and others, holds that infinity is a core explanandum and a link to the formal sciences. Realism/Platonism takes this further to argue that linguistics is in fact a formal science with an abstract ontology. In this paper, I argue that a central misconstrual of formal apparatus of (...)
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  11. Dionysius of Halicarnassus - De Jonge Between Grammar and Rhetoric. Dionysius of Halicarnassus on Language, Linguistics and Literature. Pp. Xiv + 456. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2008. Cased, €146, US$216. ISBN: 978-90-04-16677-6. [REVIEW]Jaana Vaahtera - 2010 - The Classical Review 60 (1):65-66.
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    Epistemology for the Rest of the World. Edited by Mizumoto Masaharu, Stich Stephen, McCready Eric.
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  13. Linguistic Intuitions: Evidence and Method.Samuel Schindler, Anna Drożdżowicz & Karen Brøcker - forthcoming - Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
    This book examines the evidential status and use of linguistic intuitions, a topic that has seen increased interest in recent years. Linguists use native speakers' intuitions - such as whether or not an utterance sounds acceptable - as evidence for theories about language, but this approach is not uncontroversial. The two parts of this volume draw on the most recent work in both philosophy and linguistics to explore the two major issues at the heart of the debate. Chapters in the (...)
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  14. An Alternative View of Polarity Items.Ana Von Klopp - 1998 - Linguistics and Philosophy 21 (4):393-432.
  15. Le tout et ses parties. Langue, système, Structure.Lia Formigari & Albano Leoni Federico - 2015
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  16. Sciences du langage et psychologie à la charnière des 19e et 20e siècles.Lia Formigari & De Palo Marina - 2010
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  17. Corporeità, linguaggio, cognizione.Lia Formigari - 2004
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  18. Italian Studies in Linguistic Historiography.De Mauro Tullio & Formigari Lia - 1994
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  19. Leibniz, Humboldt and the Origin of Comparativism.Lia Formigari & Tullio De Mauro - 1990 - Amsterdam, Paesi Bassi: J. Benjamins.
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  20. Prospettive di storia della linguistica. Lingua, linguaggio, comunicazione sociale Book.Lia Formigari & Lo Piparo Franco - 1988 - Roma RM, Italia: Editori Riuniti.
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  21. Lingua, tradizione, Rivelazione. Le Chiese e la comunicazione sociale.Lia Formigari & Donatella Di Cesare - 1988 - Milano MI, Italia: Marietti.
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  22. Marxismo e teorie della lingua.Lia Formigari - 1974 - Messina ME, Italia: La Libra.
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  23. Herder-Monboddo, Linguaggio e società.Lia Formigari - 1973 - Roma RM, Italia: Laterza.
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  24. Linguistica e antropologia nel secondo Settecento.Lia Formigari - 1973 - Messina ME, Italia: La Libra.
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  25. Maupertuis, Turgot, Maine de Biran: origine e funzione del linguaggio Book.Lia Formigari - 1971 - Roma RM, Italia: Laterza.
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  26. Hermann Paul. I princìpi e la storia.Lia Formigari - 2018 - Bollettino di Italianistica 15 (2):101-109.
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  27. Lingue e linguaggio. Testi fondativi nella storia delle teorie.Lia Formigari - 2018 - Blityri. Studi di Storia Delle Idee Sui Segni E le Lingue 7 (1):24-43.
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  28. Philosophie du langage et linguistique. Binome ou antinomie?Lia Formigari - 2018 - Cahiers de l'ILSL 53:25-38.
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  29. Gli sconfinamenti di un linguista.Lia Formigari - 2018 - In Stefano Gensini, Piemontese Emanuela & Solimine Giovanni (eds.), Tullio De Mauro. Un intellettuale italiano. Roma RM, Italia: pp. 267-272.
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  30. Wilhelm Wundt and the Lautgesetze Controversy.Lia Formigari - 2018 - History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences.
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  31. Theory and History of Theory. A Few Notes on Linguistic Historiography.Lia Formigari - 2017 - Paradigmi. Rivista di Critica Filosofica 1:157-165.
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  32. Sentence and its Parts. A Psycholinguistic Theory of Syntactic Values.Lia Formigari - 2015 - Histoire, Epistémologie, Langage 37 (1):9-25.
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  33. Le seuil du langage. Intersections épistémologiques à l'époque du comparatisme.Lia Formigari - 2014 - In Archaimbault Sylvie, Fournier Jean-Marie & Raby Valéry (eds.), Penser l'histoire des savoirs linguistiques. Hommage à Sylvain Auroux. 27480 Lyons-la-Forêt, Francia:
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  34. L'origine del linguaggio. Ricognizioni storiche e valenze epistemologiche.Lia Formigari - 2013 - In Banfi Emanuele (ed.), Sull'origine del linguaggio e delle lingue storico-naturali. Un confronto tra linguisti e non linguisti. Roma RM, Italia: pp. 13-22.
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  35. Il linguaggio fra automatismi e intenzionalità. Alle origini del darwinismo linguistico.Lia Formigari - 2013 - In Große Sybille, Hennemann Anja, Plötner Kathleen & Wagner Stefanie (eds.), Angewandte Linguistik/Linguistique appliquée. Berna, Svizzera: pp. 87-97.
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  36. De la grammatisation à la linguistique générale: Un parcours d’histoire et d’épistémologie.Lia Formigari - 2012 - Historiographia Linguistica 39 (1):115-122.
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  37. A Psychophysics of Linguistic Forms.Lia Formigari - 2012 - Blityri. Studi di Storia Delle Idee Sui Segni E Sulle Lingue 1 (1):157-176.
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  38. Forma, funzione, reificazione.Lia Formigari - 2012 - In Francesca M. Dovetto, Valeria Micillo & Elda Morlicchio (eds.), Traguardi e prospettive nelle scienze del linguaggio e Riflessioni con Federico Albano Leoni.
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  39. 'Néo-humboldtisme': histoire d'un métaterme.Lia Formigari - 2011 - Cahiers de l'ILSL 29:33-50.
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  40. Presentazione.Lia Formigari - 2010 - In Elena Gagliasso & Giulia Frezza (eds.), Metafore del vivente. Linguaggio e ricerca scientifica tra filosofia, bios e psiche. Milano MI, Italia: pp. 9-13.
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  41. Présentation.Lia Formigari & De Palo Marina - 2010 - Histoire, Epistémologie, Langage 32 (2):5-8.
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  42. La genèse motrice de la parole.Lia Formigari - 2010 - Histoire, Epistémologie, Langage 32 (2):23-36.
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  43. Historicité des langues et Méthode de la linguistique Journal Article.Lia Formigari - 2009 - Beitraege Zur Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft 19:141-147.
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  44. Modelli del pensare metaforico.Lia Formigari - 2009 - Paradigmi. Rivista di Critica Filosofica 1 (XXVII):15-25.
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  45. Philosophical Naturalism and the Language Sciences.Lia Formigari - 2008 - In Willems Klaas & De Cuypere Ludovic (eds.), Naturalness and Iconicity in Language. Amsterdam, Paesi Bassi: pp. 25-46.
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  46. Il linguaggio tra teoria e storia della teoria.Lia Formigari - 2006 - In Gensini Stefano & Mortone Arturo (eds.), Il linguaggio. Teoria e storia delle teorie. Napoli NA, Italia: pp. 12-21.
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  47. Pour une philosophie de la linguistique.Lia Formigari - 2006 - Histoire Epistémologie Langage 1 (28):117-125.
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  48. Re-Reading Locke.Lia Formigari - 2003 - Beiträge Zur Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft 2 (13):177-186.
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  49. Herder entre universalisme et rélativité.Lia Formigari - 2003 - In Pénisson Pierre & Waszek Norbert (eds.), Herder et les Lumières : l'Europe de la pluralité culturelle et linguistique. Parigi, Francia: pp. 133-143.
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  50. Austinians and Romantics.Lia Formigari - 2002 - Historiographia Linguistica 1 (29):191-2002.
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