Re: positivistic view of language

On Fri, 22 Apr 1994, Mari Olsen wrote:

> Alvin Kimel writes:
> I'd still like to know what a "positivistic view of language" is.
> Me too, and I'm a linguist (well, PhD candidate).  My adviser, Beth
> Levin (a well-read lexical semanticist) didn't know either.  So if it's been
> overthrown, it was a very quiet revolution from the linguistics perspective

There was a group of philosophers early in the 20th century known as 
positivists -- highly influenced by the early Wittgenstein (the 
_Tractatus_) and the works of Bertrand Russell.  This group became known 
as the "Logical Positivists."  They proposed definite theories concerning 
the nature of language, truth, and other fundamental issues.  Their view 
might reasonably be referred to as "a positivistic view of language," 
no?  This is all I was referring to.  I didn't mean to get the linguistic 
world in an uproar.  :)

Now I'm done for sure.  Back to Greek!

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