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Philosophy of Linguistics
Oxford Handbooks Online (2014)
  • Robert J. Stainton, University of Western Ontario

Rather than attempting to survey the rich array of topics within Philosophy of Linguistics, this article focuses on two questions: “What kind of thing is Linguistics about?” and “What is the proper evidence-base for Linguistics?” After describing various exclusionary answers, it argues for Pluralism on both fronts: the objects of study in Linguistics are metaphysical hybrids, with physical, mental, abstract and social facets; and evidence from every domain should in principle be welcomed.

Publication Date
July, 2014
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Author's copy-edited proofs. To cite this paper, please see the finalized published version. Available at: DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935314.013.002
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Robert J. Stainton. "Philosophy of Linguistics" Oxford Handbooks Online (2014)
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