Language and Meaning in the Age of Modernism: C.K. Ogden and His Contemporaries

James McElvenny

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This book explores the influential currents in the philosophy of language and linguistics of the first half of the twentieth century, from the perspective of the English scholar C. K. Ogden (1889–1957). Ogden was connected to several of the most significant figures of the modernist period, including Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Victoria Lady Welby, Otto Neurath and Rudolf Carnap. In investigating these connections, this book reveals links between early analytic philosophy, semiotics and linguistics in a crucial period of their respective histories and in turn sheds light on the intellectual history of the early twentieth century.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages200
ISBN (Electronic)9781474425049, 9781474425056
ISBN (Print)9781474425032
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018


  • modernism
  • semiotics
  • semantics
  • analytic philosophy
  • significs
  • vienna circle
  • logical positivism
  • constructed languages
  • interlinguistics
  • basic english

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