It’s well known that every student of linguistics, sooner or later, will come to the realisation that however much cross-
So, thank you to the Philosophy of Language. As you reach for the many tantalising titles this domain of lingusiticising has to offer, titles such as The Meaning of Meaning and Sense and Reference, you know that you’ll be wrestling with the abstruse and the inscrutable by the bottom of page iv. And for those of us who’ve made it to grad school without a full understanding of the differences between ontology and epistemology, this is the place to find it (briefly, before numerous conflicting definitions hide it once more from view). Propositionality, intentionality, semanticity and referentiality: even when reading in German, you’ll have more exposure to abstract noun-
Just consider: you might be able to do syntactic analysis in Generative, Functional and Construction Grammar approaches, but if you’ve never considered whether the predicate of a transitive verb includes the object or not, your tree diagram are just twee apothegms. Likewise, you might have conceptual or generative semantics down pat, but that’s just semi-
So, if data, argument, validity and applicability are dragging you down, and if you think that, like Wittgenstein, 75 pages of dense prose with a few symbols thrown in is a quicker and easier route to the PhD than attempting to address empirically a meaningful research question, stopping Quine-
Thank You, Philosophy of Language.