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Object language, philosophy: The object language is the language in which something is said or written in a situation. In contrast, comments and evaluations of what is said or written are invariably written in a metalanguage when the original utterance is mentioned or quoted in it. Metalanguage is thus language about language. Object language is used to mention objects, metalanguage is used to mention linguistic ways of expression. See also metalanguage, mention, use, quotation.

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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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Horwich I 116
Object language/metalanguage/m.l./o.l./Tarski: both have only a relative sense! The metalanguage may be the object language (if we examine the concept of truth in the metalanguage - ​​and if we want a truth-definition for the metalanguage, we need a new meta-meta-language. - Semantic concepts should be introduced into the metalanguage by defining only.
Horwich I 118
Names of the expressions of the object language appear in the metalanguage, but can perhaps be interpreted in the object language.(1)


1. A. Tarski, The semantic Conceptions of Truth, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 4, pp. 341-75


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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.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Tarski I
A. Tarski
Logic, Semantics, Metamathematics: Papers from 1923-38 Indianapolis 1983

Horwich I
P. Horwich (Ed.)
Theories of Truth Aldershot 1994


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