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Do We Share a Language? Communitarism and Its Challenges

In: Organon F, vol. 26, no. 4
Matej Drobňák


Year, pages: 2019, 572 - 596
Language: eng
Communitarism; indeterminacy of meaning; metaseman- tics; pragmatics; shared language.
Article type: Research Article
About article:
The idea that natural languages are shared by speakers within linguistic communities is often taken for granted. Several phi losophers even take the notion of shared language as fundamental and that allows them to use it in further explanations. However, to justify the claim that speakers share a language, it should be possible to demarcate the shared language somehow. In this paper, I discuss: A) the explanatory role which the notion of shared language can play, and B) a strategy for demarcating shared languages from within the linguistic production of speakers. The aim of this paper is to show that the indeterminate nature of meaning in natural languages problematizes the intuitive idea of natural languages as shared.
How to cite:
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Drobňák, M. 2019. Do We Share a Language? Communitarism and Its Challenges. In Organon F, vol. 26, no.4, pp. 572-596. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2019.26402

Drobňák, M. (2019). Do We Share a Language? Communitarism and Its Challenges. Organon F, 26(4), 572-596. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2019.26402
About edition:
Publisher: Filozofický ústav SAV, Filosofický ústav AVČR
Published: 1. 12. 2019
Matej Drobňák