Philosophy and Linguistics

This is to introduce basic cognitive science and semantics. The rule-based approach of
Chomskian linguistics is one of the pillars of cognitive science. And semantics as a discipline stands between syntax and logic. This is how (formal) linguistics bridges a gap between philosophy and the study of language. This course will highlight the bridging aspects of linguistics. Topics include: Basic phonetics and the rules of transformation. Morphology and the logic of word-formation. Syntax and syntactic rules. Competence and Performance. Neo- Platonism. Language acquisition device. Semantics — formal and informal.