What Is It To Have A Language?

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 104 (4):837-866 (2023)
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Abstract

This article defends the view that having a language just is knowing how to engage in communication with it. It also argues that, despite claims to the contrary, this view is compatible and complementary with the Chomskyan conception of language on which humans have languages in virtue of being in brain states realizing tacit knowledge of grammars for those languages.

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David Balcarras
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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