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Some thoughts on language

A few years ago, I read The Logical Syntax of Language by Carnap, which was an interesting read. In it, he discusses the uses and applications of language in day to day life, and also the more far-reaching consequences of how we use language in society.

Here are three quotes I found particularly interesting.

The Logical Syntax of Language by Cernap“We may aim at discovering a definite criterion of validity – that is to say, a criterion of a kind such that the question of its non-fulfilment could in every individual instance be decided in a finite number of steps by means of a strictly established method. If a criterion of this kind were discovered we should then possess a method of solution for mathematical problems; we could, so to speak, calculate the truth or falsehood of every given sentence, for example, of the celebrated Theorem of Fermat.”

“Pure syntax, of course, cannot speak of individual sentences as physical things, but only of designs and forms.”

“Syntax, pure and descriptive, is nothing more than the mathematics and physics of language.”

You can buy Logical Syntax of Language by Carnap on Amazon.

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