In the philosophy of language, we have a distinctive interest in the connections between traditional philosophical concerns, such as the relation between language and thought, and recent developments within linguistics, AI, and psycholinguistics as well as experimental philosophy and mathematical social science. This work exhibits a rich engagement with empirical work and more familiar philosophical theorising. The shared focus is a concern for the nature and reliability of language as a representational system.

Propositions and linguistic meaning

J. Collins (2017): The Redundancy of the ActSynthese.
J. Collins (2011): Unity of Linguistic Meaning. Oxford University Press.

Context Sensitivity

J. Collins (2017): On the Linguistic Status of Context Sensitivity. In B. Hale et al. (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Language. Second Edition. Wiley Blackwell.
J. Collins (2014): The Nature of Linguistic VariablesOxford Handbooks in Philosophy Online, November 2014: 1-24.
J. Collins (2013): The Syntax of Personal TastePhilosophical Perspectives, 27, 55-103.

Stereotypes & Schemas

E. Fischer & P.E. Engelhardt (2017): Stereotypical Inferences: Philosophical Relevance and Psycholinguistic ToolkitRatio, 30, 411–442.
E. Fischer & P.E. Engelhardt (2016): Intuitions’ Linguistic Sources: Stereotypes, Intuitions, and IllusionsMind and Language, 31, 67-103.

Metaphor & Analogy

E. Fischer (2017): Two Analogy Strategies. The Cases of Mind Metaphors and IntrospectionConnection Science.
E. Fischer (2015): Mind the Metaphor! A Systematic Fallacy in Analogical ReasoningAnalysis, 75, 67-77
E. Fischer (2014): Philosophical Intuitions, Heuristics, and MetaphorsSynthese, 191, 569-606.