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Language and Empiricism - After the Vienna Circle
 
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Language and Empiricism - After the Vienna Circle
 
 
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17 Apr 2008
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There is general agreement in present-day linguistics that the subject is at its best when it is empirical. However, there are a number of apparently incompatible views on what makes language study truly empirical, and even what counts as the right sort of data for the linguist to study. Siobhan Chapman offers a fresh approach to this debate by comparing it to some remarkably similar disagreements about data, methodology and the nature of empiricism in mid-twentieth century philosophy, disagreements that were largely provoked by reactions to the ideas of the Vienna Circle. Her main focus is a comparison of the work of J. L. Austin and the less well know work of Arne Naess. Despite significant differences, both said things about language that have striking resonance with much more recent claims in linguistics, particularly in fields such as corpus linguistics that deal with 'real life' examples of language use.


Description

There is general agreement in present-day linguistics that the subject is at its best when it is empirical. However, there are a number of apparently incompatible views on what makes language study truly empirical, and even what counts as the right sort of data for the linguist to study. Siobhan Chapman offers a fresh approach to this debate by comparing it to some remarkably similar disagreements about data, methodology and the nature of empiricism in mid-twentieth century philosophy, disagreements that were largely provoked by reactions to the ideas of the Vienna Circle. Her main focus is a comparison of the work of J. L. Austin and the less well know work of Arne Naess. Despite significant differences, both said things about language that have striking resonance with much more recent claims in linguistics, particularly in fields such as corpus linguistics that deal with 'real life' examples of language use.


Reviews

"Chapman provides a fascinating linguistic and philosophical account of the history of empiricism in the study of language from the Vienna Circle in the early 20th century to the present... Linguists will gain from Chapman's rigorous discussion of the philosopical underpinnings of linguistic theory amd methods... Highly recommended." - CHOICE


Contents

Introduction
The Vienna Circle
Falsification and the Scientific Method
Holism
Ordinary Language Philosophy
Speech Acts and Implicatures
Oslo Philosophy
Interpretation and Preciseness
Empiricism in Linguistics
Bibliography
Index


Authors

SIOBHAN CHAPMAN is Senior Lecturer in English Language at the University of Liverpool, UK. She has previously taught at the Universities of Newcastle and Kent. Her publications include Philosophy for Linguistics; Paul Grice, Philosopher and Linguist; Key Thinkers in Linguistics and the Philosophy of Language and Thinking About Language.