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New Studies in Weak Arithmetics Edited by Patrick Cégielski, Charalampos Cornaros, and Costas Dimitracopoulos
The field of weak arithmetics is application of logical methods to Number
Theory, developed by mathematicians, philosophers, and theoretical
computer scientists. In this volume, after a general presentation of weak
arithmetics, the following topics are studied: the properties of integers
of a real closed field equipped with exponentiation; conservation results
for the induction schema restricted to first-order formulas with a finite
number of alternations of quantifiers; a survey on a class of tools,
called pebble games, used in finite model theory; the fact that reals e
and π have approximations expressed by first-order formulas using
bounded quantifiers; properties on infinite pictures depending on the
universe of sets used; a language that simulates in a sufficiently nice
manner all algorithms of a certain restricted class; the logical
complexity of the axiom of infinity in some variants of set theory without
the axiom of foundation; and the complexity to determine whether a trace
is included in another one.
Attitudes De Se: Linguistics, Epistemology, Metaphysics
edited by Neil Feit and Alessandro Capone
In English, we use the word “I” to express thoughts that we have about ourselves, and we use the reflexive pronouns “himself” and “herself” to attribute such thoughts to others. Philosophers and linguists call such thoughts, and the statements we use to express them, de se.
De se thoughts and statements, although they appear often in our
day-to-day lives, pose a series of challenging problems for both linguists
and philosophers. This interdisciplinary volume examines the structure of
de se thought, various issues concerning the semantics and pragmatics of
our discourse about it, and also what it reveals about how humans think
about themselves and the world around them.
From Quirky Case to Representing Space: Papers in Honor of Annie Zaenen edited by Tracy Holloway King and Valeria de Paiva
Annie Zaenen's broad influence on the field of linguistics ranges from details of lexical representation to the architecture of formal linguistic theories. The fifteen contributed papers in this volume reflect three major themes from her research: Mapping from arguments to syntax; Views on syntax; Semantics and beyond.
Sign-Based Construction Grammar edited by Hans C. Boas and Ivan A. Sag
This volume provides a general overview of Sign-Based Construction
Grammar (SBCG), the synthesis of Berkeley Construction Grammar and
Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar that emerged from a decade of
interactions between Ivan Sag, Charles Fillmore, Paul Kay and Laura
Michaelis. The papers collected here also demonstrate the analytic
value of SBCG for a variety of linguistic problems—some old
chestnuts, others untouched by ‘mainstream’ theories.
Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous George Berkeley (Edited, with an Introduction by David Hilbert and John Perry)
Deeply original, inspiring to some, abhorrent to others, George Berkeley's
philosophy of immaterialism is still influential three hundred years after
the publication of his most widely read book, Three Dialogues Between
Hylas and Philonous. Berkeley published the Dialogues because of the
unenthusiastic reception of his Principles of Human Knowledge in 1710. He
hoped the use of the dialogue format would win a more favorable hearing,
but unfortunately for Berkeley, the response was every bit as scathing as
the reception of his previous work. In recent decades, In recent decades,
Berkeley's work has been recognized as an excellent introduction to the English
philosophy of the eighteenth century, and to philosophy in general. This
edition of the dialogues is accessibly organized by David Hilbert and John
Reference and Reflexivity, 2nd edition John Perry
In this volume John Perry develops his “reflexive-referential” account
of indexicals, demonstratives, proper names, and other fragments of
language. On issues of meaning and reference, the philosophy of
language in the twentieth century was shaped by two competing
traditions, descriptivist and referentialist. The referentialist
tradition holds that indexicals, demonstratives, and proper names
contribute content that involves individuals without identifying
conditions on them. In contrast, the descriptivist tradition holds
that referential content does not explain all of the identifying
conditions conveyed by names, demonstratives, and indexicals.
Perry's theory, borrowing ideas from both traditions as well as from
Burks and Reichenbach, diagnoses the problems as stemming from a
fixation on a certain kind of content, coined “referential” or
“fully incremental” content. He reveals a coherent and structured
family of contents—from reflexive contents that place conditions on
their actual utterance to fully incremental contents that place
conditions only on the objects of reference—reconciling the
legitimate insights of both the referentialist and descriptivist
Identity, Language, and Mind edited by Albert Newen and Raphael van Riel
As one of the world's most eminent living philosophers, John Perry has
covered a remarkable breadth of subjects in his published work,
including semantics, indexicality, self-knowledge, personal
identity, and consciousness. Looking particularly at the way in
which he deals with issues of self, communication, and reality, this
volume is organized in seven chapters that highlight a different
aspect of Perry's work on the intersection of these subjects. A
fundamental work for students and scholars, Identity, Language, and
Mind explores questions that are not only essential in understanding
Perry's writings, but also contemporary philosophy as a whole.
What Is Said and What Is Not
Carlo Penco and Filippo Domaneschi
This volume contains essays that explore explicit and implicit
communication through linguistic research. Taking as a framework Paul Grice's
theories on “what is said,” the contributors explore a number of areas, including:
the boundary between semantics and pragmatics; the concept of implicit
communication; the idea of the logical form of our assertions; the notion
of conventional meaning; the phenomenon of deixis, which refers to when an
utterance require context in order to be understood fully; the treatment
of definite descriptions; and the different kinds of pragmatic processes.
The Interaction of Tone with Voicing and Foot Structure: Evidence from Kera Phonetics and Phonology
Mary D. Pearce
This book investigates the topics of tone, vowel harmony, and metrical
structure, with special reference to Kera, a Chadic language spoken in
Chad and Cameroon. Kera is a tone language where a change in the pitch of
the word can make a difference to its meaning. Drawing on a decade of
experience living and working with the Kera, Mary D. Pearce looks at both
the phonetics and phonology to examine how tone interacts with the vowel
quality and rhythm of the language. The implications arising from this
research are relevant for phonologists and Africanists far beyond the
boundaries of Chad and should be useful to anyone working on languages
with interesting tonal and rhythmic properties.
Japanese/Korean Linguistics, Vol. 20 edited by Bjarke Frellesvig and Peter Sells
Japanese and Korean are typologically similar, with linguistic phenomena
in one often having counterparts in the other. The Japanese/Korean
Linguistics Conference provides a forum for research, particularly through
comparative study, of both languages. This volume includes essays on the
phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, historical linguistics,
discourse analysis, prosody, and psycholinguistics of both languages. This
volume will be a useful tool for any researcher or student in either
Concreteness in Grammar: The Noun Class Systems of the Arapesh Languages Lise M. Dobrin
Based on an exhaustive search of published sources and the
author's firsthand fieldwork, Concreteness in Grammar explores the
role of phonological form in the noun class systems of the Arapesh
languages spoken in Papua New Guinea. Linguists have long known that
from plays a critical role alongside semantics in the classification
of lexical items. In Arapesh, virtually every possible final ending
of a noun is represented in the paradigm of noun class and agreement
markers, reflecting an interpenetraion of sound structure and
grammar that many would disallow as wildly unconstrained. In this
book, Lise Dobrin describes these formal patterns in order to reveal
their naturalness and elegance, establishing their place in a
typology of noun class systems and drawing out their significance
for theories of grammatical architecture.
A rigorous study of an endangered language, Concreteness
in Grammar revisits the definition of a morpheme and looks at
unusual language patterns to reveal the naturalness of grammar.
Individual Difference in Online Computer-based Learning: Gifted and Other Diverse Populations Patrick Suppes
In 1894 John Dewey established his experimental laboratory school at the University of Chicago, with a focus on teaching each student according to their individual differences. This concept indicated a shift away from the emphasis on communal, classroom teaching, which marked educational practices in the nineteenth century during the advent of widely available public education.
With the introduction of computer-based online instruction in schools,
curricula are able to be fully informed by individual difference, subtly
and quickly tracking students' progress. In these courses, teachers play the role
of troubleshooters instead of lecturers. Individual Differences examines a
large number of studies on computer-based and online instruction, with
special attention paid to gifted students in the fields of mathematics,
science, technology, and engineering. Other chapters also focus on a wide
variety of student populations: deaf students, American Indian rural
students, and underachieving, impoverished students.
Formal Methods and Empirical Practices: Conversations with Patrick Suppes Roberta Ferrario and Viola Schiaffonati
The philosopher Patrick Suppes has developed a unique and influential
approach to studying the foundations of science—he combines an
understanding of the main principles of scientific theories in
axiomatic terms and formal models with a hands-on approach. While
moving the study of the philosophy of science out of the parlor and
into the lab, he often comes up with original results from the
psychology of learning to the theory of measurement and quantum
mechanics. This book searches for a common thread in Suppes's
multifaceted work through a series of conversations with the man
himself and illuminates many of the more challenging aspects of his
Language, Proof and Logic (second edition) Dave Barker-Plummer, Jon Barwise and John Etchemendy
This textbook/software package is a self-contained introduction to
the basic concepts of logic: language, truth, argument, consequence,
proof and counterexample. No prior study of logic is assumed, and, it
is appropriate for introductory and second courses in logic.
on-line grading service almost instantly grades solutions to hundred of
computer exercises. It is specially devised to be used by philosophy
instructors in a way that is useful to undergraduates of philosophy,
computer science, mathematics, and linguistics.
Relevant Linguistics, 2nd Edition, Revised and Expanded: An Introduction to the Structure and Use of English for Teachers by Paul Justice.
The revised and expanded edition of Relevant Linguistics provides a
straightforward, accessible introduction to the basics of English
phonetics, phonology, morphology, morphophonology, and syntax for
education students and all non-linguistics majors.
Syntactic Theory, 2nd edition: A Formal Introduction by Ivan A. Sag, Thomas Wasow, and Emily M. Bender.
The second edition of Syntactic Theory: A Formal Introduction expands
and improves on a truly unique introductory syntax textbook. Like the
first edition, it focuses on the development of precisely formulated
grammars whose empirical predictions can be directly tested.