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Any natural language allows introducing new words defined entirely by context clues. One is allowed language moves like "We call one such as him a 'neebledy gitner'." Where no one has seen this … remain a permanent addition to the language. So even if you allow for adding words by parsing a formal definition, or by allowing a generic form in a specific context, there is no single grammar that …
answered Aug 7 '15 by jobermark
language, and to culture. If our notion of accumulating area is inborn, and becomes mathematics when we notice it and express it in language, then whether mathematics controls our thinking depends on … which side of the fence of language you are talking about. From that point of view, we have a shared intuition of area, and we have, separately, formalized ways that try to keep that intuition free and …
answered May 8 '15 by jobermark
nominatum. The language here translates that badly. "Pick that up!" means something like "It would please me if you were to pick that up." (We sometimes get around to injecting all the parts, just out of …
answered Mar 13 '18 by jobermark
We theoretically speak an infinite language. It even has infinitely many words, in that it includes the Arabic numerals and this mathematical notation easily accommodates an infinite set. A word … may be defined in terms of other defined words, and the integers are surely each defined in terms of the one before it. Each word is not defined in terms of all the words in the language, only some of …
answered Feb 12 by jobermark
I would take up the younger Wittgenstein, here, and say no. At their purest, forms of language merely evoke a 'picture' of an experience, which we can ordinarily converge on because of shared …
answered Oct 13 '15 by jobermark
Flat space is only one among a number of different kinds of spaces. We live on a sphere, so, in fact, none of the circles we actually see on the globe have pi as the ratio of their circumference to t …
answered Jun 17 '17 by jobermark