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Re: Artists book



>Ah, would that it were so!  Language is a consensus concerning useful
>ranges of unavoidable fuzzynesses, not sharp distinctions.  Symbols, not
>signs.  Words have denotations (usually pretty specific) but also,
>inevitably and quirkily and variously, they have connotations.  Try doing
>some translations, and you'll find out pretty damn quick.  Think "fuzzy
>set" - what we all agree about is in the middle of the set, but out toward
>the edges your definition of "red" and my definition of "red" are probably
>not the same, even if neither of us is color-blind.  Even within a small
>group of people there are disagreements and agreements about the specific
>meanings of language - the larger the group, the fuzzier the area of
>agreement.

This is very good, Judith -- about language and so much more. And I can't
imagine any linguist who would not agree about this fuzziness of language.

cheers!

charles


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