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The social cognition of linguists

Andrea C. Schalley Griffith University It is social cognition which enables us to construct functioning societies sharing knowledge, values and goals, and to undertake collaborative action. It is also crucial to empathising and communicating with others, to enriching imprecise signs

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Posted in Article, Linguistics, Philosophy, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics

No beetle? Wittgenstein’s ‘grammatical illusions’ and Dalabon emotion metaphors

Maïa Ponsonnet Australian National University and Dynamique du Langage (CNRS/Université Lyon 2) Apart from a few fruitful but pointed encounters, linguistics and philosophy of language often talk past each other. In this post, I try and establish a dialogue between

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Posted in Article, Australia, Linguistics, Philosophy, Semantics

Otto Neurath’s Isotype and his philosophy of language

James McElvenny University of Sydney The public image of the Vienna Circle, a group of thinkers active in Vienna in the 1920s and 30s (see Haller 1993; Stadler 2001[1997]), was characterised by a near-fanatical faith in ‘scientific’ thinking. In their

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Posted in 20th century, Article, History, Philosophy

Do linguists measure anything?

Nick Riemer University of Sydney and Laboratoire d’histoire des théories linguistiques, Université Paris-Diderot Few questions in linguistics can be as hoary, fundamental or, perhaps, as unsatisfactorily handled, as that of the discipline’s empirical status – a question typically presented as

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Posted in Article, Linguistics, Philosophy, Semantics

Historical and moral arguments for language reclamation

Ghil‘ad Zuckermann University of Adelaide Language is an archaeological vehicle, full of the remnants of dead and living pasts, lost and buried civilizations and technologies. The language we speak is a whole palimpsest of human effort and history. Russell Hoban

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Posted in Article, Australia, Philosophy, Revival linguistics, Revivalistics

Philosophy of linguistics: the phenomenological perspective

Lei Zhu Shanghai International Studies University Philosophy of linguistics is a special branch of the philosophy of science which focuses on linguistics, the scientific study of language. It was formally established in the last decades of the 20th century after

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Posted in Article, Phenomenology, Philosophy