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The Seas of Language$
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Michael Dummett

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198236214

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198236212.001.0001

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What Do I Know When I Know a Language ?

What Do I Know When I Know a Language ?

(p.94) 3 What Do I Know When I Know a Language?
The Seas of Language

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Is the knowledge of language exhausted by a practical ability to employ the language on a certain occasion, or rather it should explain that practical ability? The knowledge of language is distinguished from other typical practical abilities by being a conscious process. It is, however, not a code concealing thoughts at some deeper level. The study of thoughts is conducted via the study of language. Any implicit knowledge of meaning is to be manifested in the actual use of the language.

Keywords:   Fregemanifestation challenge, meaning, practical ability, thought

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