Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Martin C. Dillion

Second Advisor

Leon J. Goldstein

Third Advisor

Emilio Roma


All of Heidegger's work has been concerned with one question: the Seinsfrage. He approaches the question from many directions, but one direction seems to predominate: a phenomenological analysis I of language. The quote above, along with the now famous characterization of language as "the house of Being," evidence the significance Heidegger places on language in his quest of Being. That is the meaning of these claims? Why did Heidegger focus on language? Is it merely an application of his ontology, or perhaps just a means to an end? Or is there a more significant relation between language and Being? These are the questions that the following work is designed to answer.