Comrade Cat (comrade_cat) wrote in linguaphiles,
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philosophy of language

I'm taking a graduate class on syntax, and these interesting discussions about meaning and philosophy keep coming up and being tabled so we can actually learn the sentence trees we need to learn as beginners.  My professor said there was indeed a branch of linguistics called philosophy of language (or maybe it's a branch of philosophy, as it gets assigned to the philosophy department here).  So does anyone know some good books on philosophy of language for a beginner to start with?  Either something really interesting or something dry but very well put together, like a (well-written) science text.  

As an aside, do any other fiction readers really hate dull books on interesting subjects?  It's like they rob the life out of good subjects and prohibit you from reading about them!  Writing style matters whether you write fiction or nonfiction..

Thanks for any answers.

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