Words don't come easy

The Philosophers' Magazine 43:67-71 (2008)
Abstract
Most linguists think that there are infinitely many sentences, that languages are productive and systematic. Maybe the most remarkable achievement of our lives is that we learn this thing with infinite power. But the whole thing hangs on those sentences being built up out of their components, which are words. So it’s not even clear what one of the more striking theses in the development of linguistics over the last half century signifies or means without an account of the atoms, so to speak, out of which we build these things
Keywords Applied Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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ISBN(s) 1354-814X
DOI 10.5840/tpm20084314
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