Victor Dudman's Grammar and Semantics

Victor Dudman's Grammar and Semantics

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Over half a century ago, J. L. Austin predicted developments in the discipline of grammar which, in properly establishing it as a science, would at the same time displace a large part of philosophy - philosophical logic, to be specific. With the boundary finally removed between what philosophers then called 'logical syntax' (essentially logical form) and what grammarians study as syntax, Austin believed that 'we shall have rid ourselves of one more part of philosophy .... in the only way we ever can get rid of philosophy, by kicking it upstairs'. It was a radical, almost heretical, vision - the study of logic, one of the original and fundamental planks of philosophy, subsumed under the science of grammar. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Victor Dudman developed an English grammar of the kind Austin had predicted. His work impressed many, but was ultimately misunderstood. Jean Curthoys' introduction explores the philosophical issues involved in those misunderstandings. Dudman's later, unfinished, but conceptually most complete, work is the second part of this book.They are exemplified in (20a) and (20b) respectively: (20a) aˆš [In those days] Grannie couldna#39;t reach the fuse box (20b) ... with those Os. Take for example the natural interpretations m1 and m2 126 Victor Dudmana#39;s Grammar and Semantics.

Title:Victor Dudman's Grammar and Semantics
Author:Jean Curthoys, Victor Dudman
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2012-10-29


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