|Use theory, philosophy of language: the term was formed following a thesis of L. Wittgenstein in his Philosophical Investigations, § 43. (Original in German) You can explain the use of the word "meaning" for a large class of cases - though not in all cases of its use - as the meaning of a word is its use in the language." - This thesis applies to words and cannot be extended to whole sentences. See also use, word meaning, sentence meaning, language acquisition, meaning theory, reference.|
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WelkerVsUse Theory of meaning: since the sentences hardly come up twice in our lives in the same form, is to question why the use determines the meaning! VsWittgenstein.
If we give the language mastering as the answer, we need to refer back to time-independent meaning. Languages exist, genetically speaking, before all users.
To explain words using other words leads to similar indefinite infinities, as the explanation of numbers in their relation to other numbers.
H. Paul Grice
Handlung, Kommunikation, Bedeutung, Hg. Georg Meggle Frankfurt/M. 1993