HS 808: Philosophy of Language

The nature and functions of language: Language as social institution, arbitrary nature of language, symbolic nature of language, language as a tool, language as communicative, language and mind, language and thought, language and reality. 

Meaning: word meaning and sentence meaning; reference and meaning, meaning and speech acts, emotive and prescriptive meanings; intention and meaning; meaning and use; discourse theory of meaning; 

Reference: proper names, denoting words, logically proper names, referring expressions, definite descriptions,  identifying expressions, rigid designators.

Texts/References

 Martinich, A. P., Philosophy of language, Oxford University Press, 1985. 

Alston, W. P.,  Philosophy of Language, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N. J. 1964. 

Rosenburg, J. F and others (Eds.), Readings in the Philosophy of Language, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N. J. 1971. 

Schwartz, S. P.,   Naming, Necessity and Natural Kinds, Cornell University Press, 1977.