Work Papers of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota Session




From the introduction, "Dr. Thomas' paper is to be applauded as an indication that some Wycliffe linguists have joined in the growing rapprochement between linguists and philosophers of language. Philosophers have devoted much attention to subtle analyses of the semantics of certain subparts of language, namely those which are "philosophically interesting." However limited this corpus may be, it behooves linguists to find out how much of the scientific work of philosophers can be salvaged for use in dealing with semantics in linguistics. Similarly, those logicians of wide vision who wish to expand the notation of symbolic logic to capture more of the detail of natural languages, can hope to profit from the work of linguists, now that the latter have begun to study semantics in a serious way. This mutually profitable arrangement depends, however, on linguists understanding the goals of philosophers (and vice versa, of course). It is my hope that what I say here will be of some help in promoting such understanding. The bibliography at the end of this paper also intended to steer linguists to philosophical literature having to do with matters of general linguistic interest, as well as to articles dealing specifically with the liar's paradox."

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