|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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|Norbert Bolz, Willem van Reijen, Walter Benjamin Frankfurt 1991
Language/Benjamin: language is not primarily a means of communication, but the medium in which the world is revealed to us.
Language/Benjamin: BenjaminVsEquality of language and communication: Language is not pronouncing thoughts. There is nothing that is not in some sense language.
Language/Benjamin: Form of all existing, all existing communicates. The communication through the word is only a special case of language. But this does not mean that the mental being is identical with the linguistic communication.
Language: there is an unbreakable contrast between linguistic and mental being. The language communicates itself.
We must distinguish between "thing" and "language thing".
Language: language is not identical with "language at all".
Language/Hamann: "Language is the mother of reason and revelation, its most important thing". > Benjamin.
Names: Jewish custom: everyone has a secret name.
Language/Benjamin: Grief and melancholy make speechless, but precisely this speechlessness can represent the essence of language._____________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.
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