In Defense of Public Language<sup>*</sup>

Ruth Garret Millikan

in Language: A Biological Model

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284764
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603167 | DOI:
 						In Defense of Public Language*

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Chomsky has claimed that both common sense and technical notions of public language or “externalized language” are confused, ill-defined, or of no scientific interest. This chapter agrees with Chomsky’s criticisms of the various notions of public language with which he is concerned. But given the right understanding of language conventions and the right understanding of the functions of public language, public language is the raison d’etre and the foundation on which inner language is built and maintained.

Keywords: Chomsky; externalized language; e-language; language conventions; linguistic function; communication; meaning

Chapter.  11329 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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