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Language is an impressive and fascinating human capacity, and human languages are strikingly powerful and complex systems.

Language is an impressive and fascinating human capacity, and human languages are strikingly powerful and complex systems.

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  • 1. Philosophy And Linguistics
  • 2. Content Definition: Philosophy of linguistics Philosophical investigations Philosophy of linguistics Philosophy of language Linguistic philosophy Meaning: language, mind and world Conclusion References
  • 3. Definition: Philosophy of linguistics Linguistic Philosophy- approach to philosophy common in the mid 20th century that tends to see philosophical problems as arising from inappropriate theoretical use of language and therefore as being resolved by detailed attention to the common use of expressions. Here many of the great strides have been made by philosophers, including Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Rudolf Carnap, Richard Montague and Saul Kripke.
  • 4. General topics What the subject matter is. What the theoretical goals are. What form theories should take. What counts as data.
  • 5. Philosophical investigations Ludwig Wittgenstein breakthrough book, ‘‘Philosophical Investigations’’ (1953). This is, from one point of view, the manifesto of linguistic philosophy. In that book he emphasized the vagueness and ambiguity of life. Is fuzziness of ordinary language is a problem? Definition Religion and theology
  • 6. Philosophy of linguistics Linguists and philosophers analyzes 3 main linguistic areas: Syntax Semantics Pragmatics
  • 7. Philosophy of language Philosophy of language is concerned with 4 central problems: The nature of meaning, Language use, Language cognition, Relationship between language and reality.
  • 8. Meaning: language, mind and world
  • 9. Linguistic philosophy Apart from language’s interest as a target of science and its centrality to our self-conception as describers of reality, language plays a key role in philosophy. It is this role perhaps more than anything else that has explained the continued close attention paid to language in the past century.
  • 10. Conclusion Philosophical interest in language is maintained by foundational and conceptual questions in linguistics, quintessentially philosophical problems about the connections between mind, language and the world, and issues about philosophical methodology. These springs sustain a rich and fascinating field of philosophy concerned with representation, communication, meaning and truth.
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  • 12. Thank your for your attention!