|Winter Term 2015 How to Do Things With Words - 1896 - LING 405
Prerequisites/Notes: One course in philosophy, junior standing, or consent of the instructor
Catalog Description : An examination of major and cutting edge topics in the philosophy of language and linguistics. Where do word meanings come from? How can one word mean different things in different contexts? How do we promise or make commitments? Why do slurs hurt and jokes amuse? What is the nature of metaphor? Where does the border between what words mean and what speakers mean with words lie? These and other questions will be considered. Appropriate for students with an interest in philosophy, linguistics, or cognitive science.
Attributes: Advanced Course