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Oct 21, 2008


Roger L. Cauvin

Graham, you might want to look into Quine's indeterminacy of translation if you haven't already done so. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indeterminacy_of_translation.

Graham Glass

Hi Roger,

Thanks for the info; the link is actually http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indeterminacy_of_translation.

I agree with the theory; it also applies to learning our own language. The probability that the meaning that I ascribe to a particular word as you do typically approaches one over time, although in my experience this really only applies to simple words. It's very common in everyday life to meet people who ascribe slightly or sometimes significantly different meanings to non-trivial words!


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