Language is what we all share and is our common concern. What is the nature of language? How is language related to the world? How is communication possible via language? What is the impact of language on our reasoning and thinking? Many people are unaware that misunderstandings and conflicts during communication occur as a result of the way we use language. This book introduces the central issues in the history of philosophical investigations about the concept of language. Topics are structured with reference to the worlds foremost philosophers of language. The book will encourage the reader to explore the depths of the concept of language and will raise an awareness of this distinctive human capacity.
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Ufuk Özen Baykent studied Teaching Foreign Languages at Uluda University, Bursa, Turkey, researching the acquisition of referential meaning of words in a foreign language, which was the topic of her MA thesis. Her academic career in teaching foreign languages and linguistics was the motive for her involvement in the philosophy of language. Her PhD focused on philosophy of language and philosophy of mind, with her dissertation looking at Chomskys cognitive approach to language. She currently teaches at the Department of Foreign Language Education and the Philosophy Department at Uluda University.
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