The author's dual concern is with philosophical understanding of the nature of language, and with the ways in which this understanding has influenced philosophical enquiry in general, whether in the fields of logic, metaphysics, or ethics. Central notions examined include meaning, reference, truth, "deep" grammatical structure, and speech-acts. Chomsky, Whorf, Wittgenstein, and Austin are among the important figures whose views are considered.
The cover of this book is discoloured with age, and the spine very creased, and the bottom corner of the book block is stained. However, the pages are clean and legible throughout.