Special Issue on Philosophical Reflections on Language

Piotr Stalmaszczyk
2016 Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric  
EDITORIAL The current issue of Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric is devoted to philosophical reflections on language. The collected papers present a wide spectrum of philosophical investigations into different areas of language study, including grammar, semantics, argumentation, legal language, and also a discussion of the categorial analysis of logic as applied to questions of identity of thought and being. Wolfram Hinzen discusses the grammar of referential dependence. He observes that
more » ... ference is commonly taken to be a 'word-world' (or 'semantic') relation, contrasting with anaphora as a 'word-word' (or 'syntactic') relation. Against this dichotomy, however, stands evidence that the particular forms of reference that exist in human language are all regulated grammatically. Hinzen demonstrates that reference is a grammatical phenomenon, and it is never determined lexically; furthermore he provides evidence that, beyond a grammatical theory of reference governing the specific range of ways in which words can be related to the world in language, no further special principles of a narrow syntactic sort are required for another relation, which has been called 'word-word'. The grammar that regulates object reference naturally extends to a grammar of referential dependence, including a form of 'identity'. Hinzen's conclusions lead to a considerable reformulation of Minimalist accounts of syntax and architecture of language faculty. Tadeusz Ciecierski provides an overview of the linguistic approach to intentionality. He observes that this approach embraces theories that attempt to single out the class of intentional states by appealing to factors that are supposedly criterial for intentional sentences. Ciecierski demonstrates, however, that the linguistic view of intentionality seems to be cir-
doi:10.1515/slgr-2016-0030 fatcat:dcv44xhh6vc4tiuecijsfz65pa