Postgraduate Course: Philosophy of Linguistics (PHIL11189)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||A postgraduate-level introduction to philosophical analysis of issues in linguistic science.
Philosophy of science as it applies to linguistics; the ontology of language, languages, words, and expressions; grammars and syntax; language and thought; language and the external world; the normativity of language; learnability and language acquisition; intuition and the nature of the evidence for linguistic theories.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 27,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1. Assignment: short essay on a designated topic from early sessions of the class, roughly 1000 to 1500 words; 40% weighting«br /»
2. Final examination, 60% weighting
||Midterm essay will be marked and returned with feedback; brief presentations by students based on reading, plus other evidence from interaction in class meetings, may be evaluated and feedback given in personal interaction with the co-instructors.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- acquainted with several of the kinds of arguments used in contemporary analytic philosophy
- appreciate the character of a selection of the kinds of arguments used in modern theoretical linguistics
- formulate and defend or critique positions on key controversies in the philosophy of linguistic science
- evaluate the state of the literature in philosophy of linguistics
|Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy articles on 'Philosophy of Linguistics', 'Concepts', 'Innateness and language', and 'Reflective equilibrium';|
Selections from works by Ludwig Wittgenstein, Saul Kripke, Noam Chomsky, Crispin Wright, Ruth Millikan, David Lewis, Charles Hockett, Jerry Fodor, Fiona Cowie, and Michael Devitt;
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Rigorous reasoning about often difficult and controversial theoretical material and philosophical analysis.
|Course organiser||Dr Brian Rabern
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188