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Language, philosophy: language is a set of phonetic or written coded forms fixed at a time for the exchange of information or distinctions within a community whose members are able to recognize and interpret these forms as signs or symbols. In a wider sense, language is also a sign system, which can be processed by machines. See also communication, language rules, meaning, meaning change, information, signs, symbols, words, sentences, syntax, semantics, grammar, pragmatics, translation, interpretation, radical interpretation, indeterminacy.
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Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

 
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Niklas Luhmann on Language - Dictionary of Arguments

AU Cas 6
Language/Luhmann: language excludes much to include little. Through this it may get complex itself. - Most sounds are not eligible. - Relatively few simple characters in complex linkage.
>Form/Luhmann
, >Order/Luhmann, >Structure/Luhmann.
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AU Cass 12
Language/structural coupling/psychological/social systems/Luhmann: language is here the mechanism of structural coupling.
>Structural coupling.
Language: twice:
a) mentally
b) communicative
1. Also, foreign languages, are easily distinguishable from meaningless noise.
Language draws attention to itself - and not to the meaning!
2. Language fixes meaning. - (> Storage, transport).
Because language is structural coupling, it is not a system.
>System/Luhmann, >Communication/Luhmann.
Language does not have an own operational way.
>Operation/Luhmann.
So no linguistic operation which would not be communication or non-linguistic thinking. - language itself is not communication. - One needs a few participants and an understanding.
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AU Cass 12
Language/Luhmann: that it also has aspects of action (e.g. trigger opposition), is a secondary phenomenon.
Operation: The appropriate language operation is communication or comprehending sense.

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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

AU I
N. Luhmann
Introduction to Systems Theory, Lectures Universität Bielefeld 1991/1992
German Edition:
Einführung in die Systemtheorie Heidelberg 1992

Lu I
N. Luhmann
Die Kunst der Gesellschaft Frankfurt 1997


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