Comparative Linguistic

Further Readings:

Online Lectures:

John R. Searle [home page]


Willis S. and Marion Slusser Professor Emeritus of the Philosophy of Mind and Language, Professor of the Graduate School

Office: 148 Moses
Office hours: W 1:00-3:00
Phone: (510) 642-3173
E-mail: searle@berkeley.edu

Courses for Fall 2015: Graduate Seminar: Problems of Consciousness

(D. Phil., University of Oxford). His work ranges broadly over philosophical problems of mind and language. Recent books include The Mystery of Consciousness (1997), Mind, Language and Society: Philosophy in the Real World (1998), Rationality in Action (2001), Mind (2004), Liberté et Neurobiologie (2004), and Making the Social World: The Structure of Human Civilization (2010). He teaches philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and philosophy of social science; recent seminars topics include consciousness, free will, and rationality.

Philosophy of Language

Philosophy of  Mind

Philosophy of Society

Background Reading for Translators:
  1. Kroeger, Poul R: Analyzing Grammar: An Introduction (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics) Paperback – 5 May 2005


Analyzing Grammar is a clear introductory 2005 textbook on grammatical analysis, designed for students beginning to study the discipline. Covering both syntax (the structure of phrases and sentences) and morphology (the structure of words), it equips them with the tools and methods needed to analyze grammatical patterns in any language. Students are shown how to use standard notational devices such as phrase structure trees and word-formation rules, as well as prose descriptions. Emphasis is placed on comparing the different grammatical systems of the world’s languages, and students are encouraged to practice the analyses through a diverse range of problem sets and exercises. Topics covered include word order, constituency, case, agreement, tense, gender, pronoun systems, inflection, derivation, argument structure and grammatical relations, and a useful glossary provides a clear explanation of each term. Accessibly written and comprehensive, Analyzing Grammar is set to become a key text for all courses in grammatical analysis.

Paperback: 379 pages

Publisher: Cambridge University Press (5 May 2005)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0521016533

ISBN-13: 978-0521016537

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2. Kroeger, Poul R: Analyzing Syntax: A Lexical-Functional Approach (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics) Paperback – 8 Apr 2004


Analyzing Syntax: A Lexical-Functional Approach is a comprehensive and accessible 2004 textbook on syntactic analysis, designed for students of linguistics at advanced undergraduate or graduate level. Working within the ‘Lexical Functional Grammar’ (LFG) approach, it provides students with a framework for analyzing and describing grammatical structure, using extensive examples from both European and non-European languages. Topics covered include: tests for constituency, passivization and other relation-changing processes, reflexive pronouns, the control relation, Topic and Focus, relative clauses and Wh-questions, causative constructions, serial verbs, ‘quirky case’, and ergativity. As well as building on what linguists have learned about language in general, particular attention is paid to the unique features of individual languages. While its primary focus is on syntactic structure, the book also deals with aspects of meaning, function and word-structure that are directly relevant to syntax. Clearly organised into topics, this textbook is ideal for one-semester courses in syntax and grammatical analysis.

Paperback: 340 pages

Publisher: Cambridge University Press (8 April 2004)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0521016541

ISBN-13: 978-0521016544

Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 1.8 x 24.7 cm

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