IN WHAT SENSE CAN STATEMENTS ABOUT LANGUAGES BE TRUE?
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The article considers descriptive statements about languages and language phenomena and seeks to determine how such statements can be 'true'. Descriptive statements about languages are considered from the points of view of the correspondence and coherence theories of truth and from the point of view of hypothetic-deductive testing. It is argued that descriptive statements about languages are rationally discussable interpretations disciplined by what we can observe within a given paradigm, and that issues of truth and issues of empirical testing should be distinguished.
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