In defense of public languages

Linguistics and Philosophy 34 (5):479-488 (2011)
Robert Stainton
Western University
My modest aim in this note is to sketch three interrelated critiques of public languages, and to respond to them. All are broadly Chomskyan, and all support the same conclusion: that, insofar as they even exist, the study of public languages is not a viable scientific project. (Related critiques of semantics, understood as involving word–world relations, will be touched on as well)
Keywords Philosophy of linguistics  Metaphysics  Philosophy of science  Linguistic methodology
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DOI 10.1007/s10988-011-9104-7
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