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Tracking ReasonProof, Consequence, and Truth$
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Jody Azzouni

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195187137

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195187137.001.0001

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Regimentation and Paradox

Regimentation and Paradox

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(p.74) 4 Regimentation and Paradox
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Tracking Reason
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Jody Azzouni

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195187137.003.0006

A regimentation of a designated section of ordinary language replaces that designated section with a piece of engineered artificial language, not in the sense of giving speakers a different language to use, or speak in, but more narrowly, of giving normative constraints on inferences, and other logical matters, that speakers should acknowledge on the basis of statements they've committed themselves too. The purpose of this chapter is to present systematically sentential vehicles with computationally transparent and tractable inferential properties, and to supply a mathematically tractable semantic theory for such items. It's easy to confuse regimentation with an empirical study of natural languages. Under such a misapprehension, one presumes that if a regimented idiom operates the way an idiom in a natural language does, then the syntax and semantics of the regimented idiom may be attributed to the natural-language idiom.

Keywords:   regimentation, ordinary language, artificial language, natural languages, sentential vehicles

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