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Palgrave Macmillan

Rules and Dispositions in Language Use

ISBN 9781137358592
Publication Date March 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Human language is not arbitrary. But how is its use constrained? Are there rules or general human dispositions that govern it? Rules and Dispositions in Language Use explains how correct language use is indeed governed by both rules and general human dispositions. It does so by bringing together themes from Ludwig Wittgenstein and Noam Chomsky, which for many years have been thought to be incompatible.

Opening with a fresh discussion of Saul Kripke's work on rule-following and meaning, the question of what objectively correct language use could amount to is raised and answered. In its conclusion, the importance of human biological endowment for language use is discussed and compared with Wittgensteinian views on how rules govern language use.

Florian Demont-Biaggi has studied in Basle, Birmingham, London and Zurich and is currently working on leadership ethics at the Military Academy at the ETH Zurich

Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART I: LANGUAGE USE AND RULE-FOLLOWING
1. Kripke's Wittgenstein
2. The Rule-Following Debate
PART II: THE OBJECTIVE GROUNDS OF LANGUAGE USE
3. Objective Grounds
4. Dummett on Realism and Antirealism
5. Basic Statements and Epistemic Rules
PART III: LINGUISTIC POWERS AND THEIR PROPER STUDY
6. Linguistic Powers
7. Logic and Language
Bibliography
Glossary
Index

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