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The Second Linguistic Turn

Chomsky and the Philosophy of Language

Amitabha Das Gupta

The book is an inquiry into the presuppositions of the philosophy of language. To this effect, a distinction has been made between theory and its underlying presuppositions. The main thrust of this work is to critically examine these presuppositions so as to make a correct assessment of the theories/approaches that follow from them. Central to this inquiry is Noam Chomsky's theory of grammar. It has been used as a tool in the light of which the investigation has been carried out and it has also been projected as offering an alternative theoretical foundation to the philosophy of language.