On the Epistemology of Language

Southern Journal of Philosophy 44 (4):677-696 (2006)
Abstract
Epistemology of language, a branch of both epistemology and the philosophy of language, asks what knowledge of language consists in. In this paper, I argue that such an inquiry is a pointless enterprise due to its being based upon the incorrect assumption that linguistic competence requires knowledge of language. However, I do not think the phenomenon of knowledge of language is trivial. I propose a virtue-theoretic account of linguistic competence, and then explain the phenomenon from a virtue-semantic point of view.
Keywords virtue  idiolect  Davidson  Dummett  semantics
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