Consciousness Thought

Ignorance of Language by Michael Devitt

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Hx)’. The particular syntactic structure of each wV would be determined by the particular formation rules involved in generating it.

A third reason for thinking the task worthwhile would be that substantial and interesting theories are fulWlling the task. In the next section I shall argue that generative grammars are such theories. The fourth and most important reason starts from the intuition that our concern with sentence tokens, as with bees’ dances, is with their meanings. This is a widely held view19 but it is unsatisfactorily vague. 20 Analogously, the properties of bees’dances that concern us are the ones that enable them to play their role of indicating food sources.

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