An Exploration of Different Accounts of Language Through the Prism of Normativity
Written in beautiful, accessible language, the linguistic and philosophical analyzes are presented carefully, and with care for both sides of the argument. The book is addressed to both the linguist and the philosopher of language, yet it may also be of interest to a wider range of readers with interests in the humanities.
Prof. dr hab. Michal Heller
What do the languages of the world have in common? Is it that they share a Universal Grammar, a deep structure which unites all tongues? Or it rather that they share a set of common, shared uses, that they are used for the same purposes?
Guided by Wittgenstein's metaphor of language as a city, the author explores some of the well trodden routes and more obscure paths in this debate, pointing out some of the interesting features of the city along the way.
Dr Mateusz Hohol
Aeddan Shaw works at the crossroads where philosophy and language meet and can be frequently found wandering their highways and byways, generally looking a little lost. The fruit of his PhD research, this is his first book.