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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.
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.
, >Order/Luhmann, >Structure/Luhmann.
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.
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.
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.

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.

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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