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Welcome to the Philosophy of Language Task Force, a subproject of WikiProject Philosophy and WikiProject Linguistics.

Getting started

There are a few things you can do right now to get started helping the task force and the project.

  • Add {{User WP Philosophy of language}} to your user page. It will automatically add you to Category:Philosophy of language task force members. You may also choose to place the Philosophy of language navigation banner on your user page as well by adding {{Philosophy of language/Nav}}.

Scope and Goals

The focus of the task force will be to work as diligently as is humanly possible to create professional-quality, thoroughly documented, and encyclopedic articles on the philosophy of language and to integrate them as much as possible with work from all branches of linguistics: psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, etc..

Philosophy of language is a particularly challenging field. Much of its most important and groundbreaking work lies at the subtle confine between philosophy and mathematical logic, and between the humanities and rigorous scientific research.

It attempts to bridge the gap between the so-called two cultures by creating a synthesizing third culture that includes and enhances the first two.


The task

The current main article of philosophy of language contains hardly any information on important theoretical concepts and what it does contain is extremely ill-organized and confused.

Philosophy of language is a large and complex field. Indeed, the analytic tradition of philosophy has traditionally, and continues to, place a tremendous amount of importance on the analysis of language as the vehicle of thought.

According to most analytic philosophers that which we want to explain is the nature of thoughts. What are they? What is their structure and constitution? What are their relations with one another in the processes of reasoning and of deliberation which ultimately result in the performance of actions.

Unlike the psychologist, we are not interested here, however, in the specific processes or activities of individual thought in and of themselves.

That which should concern the philosopher of language are the contents of thoughts: their comprehensibility, communicability and objectivity (or perhaps intersubjectivity).

As Michael Dummett has put it: that which distinguishes analytic philosophy, in all of it diverse manifestations, from other schools is the conviction that, in the first place, a philosophical explanation of thought can be achieved through a philosophical explanation of language, and secondly, that a comprehensive explanation is achievable only in this way.

The vast amount of information is too much for one or two people to handle. The coordinative effort of all those willing to assist is needed.

Since we are a derivative of WikiProject Philosophy, our goals are very similar and are as follows:

  1. To identify those areas of philosophy of language which lack sufficient coverage on Wikipedia;
  2. To improve those articles that need help;
  3. To create a general map of the philosophy of language articles and subjects on Wikipedia and link the articles together accordingly.
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Current goals

WikiProject Philosophy of Language task list

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  • Identify and create missing philosophy of language content
  • Improve the categorization and organization of philosophy of language material
  • Gather interest and participation in a philosophy of language community within Wikipedia, including a Philosophy of Language Collaboration project
  • Please try to think of all possible renderings of terms before deciding that they don't exist. If they don't exist under any rendering then create a stub (or article if you see fit) and then create the pages for the different possible renderings and add the command: #REDIRECT Name of article you created, in order to redirect all the renderings to one page. Example: type physicalism has identity theory of mind, type-type theory, type materialism, etc. all redirected to it. This can often be done with many names of concepts listed on the main Philosophy Wikiproject's "list of philosophical concepts."

New or improved articles


Philosophy of language task force


Project page tag

Articles in the scope of the Philosophy of language task force should be tagged with the project templates for both WikiProject Philosophy and WikiProject Linguistics. Add the following at the top of the talk pages of all philosophy of language articles:

{{WikiProject Philosophy|class=|importance=|language=yes}}
{{WikiProject Linguistics|class=|importance=|philosophy=yes}}

That will add the following notices to the page:

WikiProject Philosophy (Rated Project-class)
WikiProject iconThis page is within the scope of WikiProject Philosophy, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of content related to philosophy on Wikipedia. If you would like to support the project, please visit the project page, where you can get more details on how you can help, and where you can join the general discussion about philosophy content on Wikipedia.
 Project  This page does not require a rating on the project's quality scale.
WikiProject Linguistics (Rated Project-class)
WikiProject iconThis page is within the scope of WikiProject Linguistics, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of linguistics on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
 Project  This page does not require a rating on the project's quality scale.
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This page is supported by Philosophy of language task force.

It is especially important to tag:

  • articles that members of the WikiProject are actively trying to improve.
  • articles that need special attention.


The template {{User WP Phil of language}} will add the following userbox to your user page, and add you to the Category:Philosophy of language task force members and Category:WikiProject Philosophy members