|133||Philosophy of Language||Khatchirian||TuWTh 10-12:30||151 Barrows|
This course is an introduction to the philosophy of language. We will explore the relation between meaning and reference, meaning and truth, language and communicative acts. Topics may include: what is knowledge of a language, and what role does it play in explaining successful communication? What is knowledge of meaning, and are there sentences that we know to be true simply by virtue of knowledge of meaning? Are there idiolects, and if so, what is the relation between idiolects and communal languages?