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dc.contributor.authorEiben, Robert Josephen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:36:57Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:36:57Z
dc.date.issued2005-05-12en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-05152005-120911en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/32798
dc.description.abstractDead languages present a case where the original language community no longer exists. This results in a language for which the evidence is limited by the paucity of surviving texts and in which no new linguistic uses can be generated. Ludwig Wittgenstein argued that the meaning of language is simply its use by a language community. On this view a dead language is coextensive with the existing corpus, with the linguistic dynamic provided by the community of readers. Donald Davidson argued that the meaning of language is not conventional, but rather is discovered in a dynamic process of â passing theoriesâ generated by the speaker and listener. On this view a dead language is incomplete, because such dynamic theories can only be negotiated by participating in a living language community and are thus not captured by the extant corpus. We agree with Davidsonâ s view of theories of meaning and conclude that our interpretations of dead languages will suffer epistemological underdetermination that removes any guarantee that they reflect the meanings as heard by the original language community.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectlanguageen_US
dc.subjectwittgensteinen_US
dc.subjectdead languageen_US
dc.subjectgreeken_US
dc.subjectdavidsonen_US
dc.titleUnderstanding Dead Languagesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentPhilosophyen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophyen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairKlagge, James C.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberGifford, Marken_US
dc.contributor.committeememberEpstein, Brianen_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05152005-120911/en_US
dc.date.sdate2005-05-15en_US
dc.date.rdate2005-06-24
dc.date.adate2005-06-24en_US


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