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Speedboat by Renata Adler
Speedboat
by Renata Adler
read in September, 2014
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"At the great universities in those years, everyone who was not doing philosophy, in the mode that liked to think of itself as Ordinary Language, was in one of the other jargons, usually the social sciences. The philosophers at the great universities...more
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The World War II Combat Film by Jeanine Basinger
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It is such a relief to read a book about war movies without having to read through endless complaints about how what are supposed to be Marines are, in fact, wearing army uniforms, or that the tanks are Korean-war era M-47s and not WWII Shermans, or...more
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Mad World by Lori Majewski
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Devo gives the most intentionally funny interview. Kajagoogoo gives the most unintentionally funny.

Also, for what it's worth: Devo says that "Whip It" was inspired by the fake popular songs in Gravity's Rainbow.
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Assurance by Krista Lawlor
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J.L. Austin famously compared the speech act of making a knowledge claim ("I know...") with the speech act of promising. In both cases we are doing more than describing ourselves--we "take a new plunge" and give others a guarantee of something. When...more
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The Varieties of Reference by Gareth Evans
The Varieties of Reference
by Gareth Evans
read in January, 2002
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This is a fantastic work of philosophy. Not because it is particularly clear (in places it is incredibly dense and is full of weird, idiosyncratic, technical language that you have to learn to figure out what's going on), but because it draws materia...more
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Anti-Individualism and Knowledge by Jessica Brown
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Back when I thought my dissertation was going to defend some version of Fregean sense against various attacks, I read this detailed criticism of theories of sense. I spent probably two or three perfectly good summer afternoons reading this in the law...more
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Mathematical Methods in Linguistics, Corrected second printin... by Barbara H. Partee
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Not exactly a cracking good read, but an approachable and clear guide to the use of set theory in linguistics.
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Beyond Moral Judgment by Alice Crary
Beyond Moral Judgment
by Alice Crary
read in April, 2007
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Spotted this on the new books table at the Seminary Co-op. Just flipped through it out of curiosity, and found a big central chapter on J.L. Austin. So I dropped $40 for the book and went to the library instead of going to coffee hour and read it. It...more
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Cognitive Linguistics by Alan Cruse
Cognitive Linguistics
by Alan Cruse
read in April, 2007
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I'm reading this as background for Lakoff's remarks about Frame Semantics in Don't Think of an Elephant.
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The Linguistics Wars by Randy Allen Harris
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This is a very readable intellectual history of 20th century linguistics. The most enjoyable part of the book is the account of the revolt against Chomsky in the late 60s and early 1970s by the Generative Semanticists.

The Generative Semanticists tho...more
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