Topoi 27 (1-2):87-99 (2008)
Lewis’s view of the way conventions are passed on may have some especially interesting consequences for the study of language. I’ll start by briefly discussing agreements and disagreements that I have with Lewis’s general views on conventions and then turn to how linguistic conventions spread. I’ll compare views of main stream generative linguistics, in particular, Chomsky’s views on how syntactic forms are passed on, with the sort of view of language acquisition and language change advocated by usage-based or construction grammars, which seem to fit better with Lewis’s ideas. Then I will illustrate the interest of Lewis’s perspective on the dissemination of conventions with a variety of linguistic examples
|Keywords||David Lewis Conventions Construction grammar Utterance-based grammar Universal grammar Linguistic rules|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
Themes From Kaplan.Joseph Almog, John Perry & Howard K. Wettstein (eds.) - 1989 - Oxford University Press, Usa.
Language, Thought and Other Biological Categories.Ruth G. Millikan - 1984 - MIT Press.
Citations of this work BETA
Coordination, Triangulation, and Language Use.Josh Armstrong - 2016 - Inquiry : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 59 (1):80-112.
Similar books and articles
Conventions Made Too Simple?Martin Bunzl & Richard Kreuter - 2003 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 33 (4):417-426.
Norms and Conventions.Nicholas Southwood & Lina Eriksson - 2011 - Philosophical Explorations 14 (2):195 - 217.
Are Language Conventions Philosophically Explanatory?Adèle Mercier - 2003 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 3 (2):111-124.
Chomsky on the 'Ordinary Language' View of Language.Francis Y. Lin - 1999 - Synthese 120 (2):151-191.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads130 ( #37,059 of 2,171,976 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #173,676 of 2,171,976 )
How can I increase my downloads?