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On Frege's Philosophy of Language - a Linguistic Approach

(Original title: On Fregeś Philosophy of Language - a Linguistic Approach)
Organon F, 1999, vol. 6, No 2, pp. 111-118.
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Fregeś linguistic views are exemplified by an analysis of the following topics: proper and common names, the definite and the indefinite article, the singular and plural distinction, words and sentences, together with the role of the copula, and the relationship of syntactical and semantical categories. His endeavour to overcome the ambiguities of natural language inherently connected with his logical investigations failed. In fact, his conceptions are relying on accidental features of a particular natural language, namely German. Therefore, they are neither valid in general nor relevant from the logical point of view. They are influenced rather by his philosophical prejudices than by empirical results obtained in comparative philology and linguistics at all.

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