I listened to an interview with Mary Kate McGowan today about her new book. One thing she said is that people who are not philosophers of language or linguists often hold the view that communication is about taking a thought, encoding it in a shared language, and having it decoded by an audience. And, that philosophers of language and linguists almost universally reject that view.
Is she right about that?
@twsh I also agree, but I find it difficult to assess whether the non-philosophers would agree to that description. I think the point is that people can fail to communicate what they intended to say, and the encoding/decoding stages (plus the idea that thought precedes language) give ready made explanations of how that can happen.
@okf Yes, I think that's an important intuition about language. People have a similar one about syntax, too.
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