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How Reference Works
How Reference Works (August 1993)
Explanatory Models for Indexicals, Descriptions, and Opacity
Lawrence D. Roberts - Author

"This is a book about how certain referring expressions in a natural language (English) manage to refer to objects in the world when used by speakers. Within the philosophy of language, the problem of reference has never been adequately solved. When viewed as a work in the philosophy of language, this book offers an interesting approach (if not a solution) to the problem of reference. However, the book's appeal is much broader than the philosophy...(Read More)
Knowledge, Evolution and Paradox
Knowledge, Evolution and Paradox (August 1993)
The Ontology of Language
Koen DePryck - Author

"It is already clear that postmodernism is an unsatisfactory view of the world: the skepticism, antifoundationalism, and distrust of any form of narrative or argument that has characterized this last phase of modernism cannot long resist its own corrosive critique. What view of the world will succeed postmodernism? To answer this question, it is necessary to take up several challenges abandoned along the way as metaphysical, insoluble in terms of...(Read More)
Gaps in Nature
Gaps in Nature (July 1993)
Literary Interpretation and the Modular Mind
Ellen Spolsky - Author

"Cognitive Science is arguably the most important intellectual development of the post World War II period. Literary theory, however, has failed almost completely to cope with this fundamental change in the intellectual climate. Spolsky's book is a pioneering effort in this regard. The argument is adventuresome and fresh. Unlike so much of the work which is now being published, it is not a rehash of a re-hash, etc. This is news.

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Understanding Language Acquisition
Understanding Language Acquisition (July 1993)
The Framework of Learning
Christina E. Erneling - Author

How is language acquisition possible? How is it that humans, within a few years of birth, can speak and understand language, transcending both its limited experience and biological limitations?

In this challenge to the narrow confines of psychology and philosophy, Christina Erneling argues that language acquisition results from the interaction between linguistic creativity inherent in language and a biological and social framework of learnin...(Read More)
Esperanto (December 1992)
Language, Literature, and Community
Pierre Janton - Author
Humphrey Tonkin - Editor
Jane Edwards - Translator
Karen Johnson-Weiner - Translator

Esperanto, spoken by thousands of people across the world, is the most successful international language project. In this book, the French linguist and literary critic Pierre Janton describes the history of Esperanto since its invention in nineteenth-century Eastern Europe and offers a comprehensive linguistic description of the language. This book is the best general introduction to Esperanto and its role in the modern world.

Rooted in the...(Read More)
Giving the Body Its Due
Giving the Body Its Due (July 1992)
Maxine Sheets-Johnstone - Editor

"...moments of insight, recognition, nuance, and brilliance...There is a large literature at present that problematizes various aspects of the body. I do not know of a book that brings together the combination of approaches that this book does. Herein lies the real strength of the book." -- Margaret R. Miles, Bussey Professor of Historical Theology, Harvard University

These essays bring together disciplinary understandings of what it is to ...(Read More)
The Stuff of Literature
The Stuff of Literature (April 1992)
Physical Aspects of Texts and Their Relation to Literary Meaning
E. A. Levenston - Author

The total meaning of a work of literature derives not only from what the words mean, but from what the text looks like. This stuff of literature, graphic substance or the physical raw material, is explored here in Levenston's comprehensive survey.

Levenston discusses the main literary genres of poetry, drama, and fiction, and the extent to which they may be said to exist primarily in written or spoken form, or both. He ...(Read More)
Morphology Now
Morphology Now (February 1992)
Mark Aronoff - Editor

"The book concerns a topic that has received increasing attention in the last decade and that is of increasing importance to the two other basic fields of linguistic theory, syntax and phonology. It touches on phenomena in familiar languages such as English, Dutch, and Latin, and in unfamiliar ones such as Ahtna and Eskimo." -- Rochelle Lieber, University of New Hampshire

Several distinct general linguistic theories are represented here: au...(Read More)
Markedness (September 1990)
The Evaluative Superstructure of Language
Edwin L. Battistella - Author

"This work cuts across a large number of theoretical positions and shows how markedness interacts with them. Battistella integrates a great deal of material including new theoriesof language organization brought into comparison and relationship with older theories in insightful ways." -- Margaret E. Winters, Southern Illinois University

Battistella traces the development of markedness theory as a central part of structuralist theories of la...(Read More)
On Monosemy
On Monosemy (July 1989)
A Study in Linguistic Semantics
Charles Ruhl - Author

In this book, the author argues that words should be presumed initially to be monosemic: having a single, highly abstract meaning. Semantic research should first seek a unitary meaning, resorting to polysemy, homonymy or idiomaticity only when an extended attempt fails. Utilizing a large data base, this book shows that some supposed "lexical" semantic meaning is actually pragmatic or extralinguistic. Included are extensive treatments of the verbs ...(Read More)
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