Part I: Historical Perspectives.
On the Linguistic Turn in Philosophy; S. Stenlund. Humboldt: Grammatical Form and `Weltansicht'; O. Gundersen. Language as Sign and Use: A Study of Certain Aspects of Saussure's View of Language; M. Gustavsson.
Part II: Prejudiced Preconceptions: Notions of Language Within Linguistics and Feminist Epistemology.
Expression and Content in Linguistic Theory; S. Öhman. The History of Swedish Grammar and Professor Chomsky; S. Haapamäki. How Ordinary is Ordinary Experience? Language in Feminist Epistemology and Philosophy of Science; S. Rider.
Part III: The Practice of Meaning and Truth.
Putnam on Truth; F. Stoutland. Meaning, Saying, Truth; M. Gustafsson.
Part IV: Themes from Wittgenstein.
Wittgenstein, Meursault and the Difficulty of Philosophy; P. Segerdahl. Wittgenstein, Logical Form and Grammatical Remarks; T. Johansson. On Rule-Following; J. Wilhelmi. Are We all Trapped in Nonsense? G. Steingrímsson. On the Need for a Listener and Community Standards; L. Hertzberg.
References. Notes on the Contributors. Index.
Shows that philosophers and linguists of quite different brands have tended to give undue priority to their own favorite theoretical framework, and have presupposed that the descriptive scheme invoked by that framework constitutes a pattern to which any linguistic practice somehow has to conform.