art and communication 2019 # resuming a phase


there is a famous article by language philosopher paul grice called „logic and conversation“. he points out that the logic „and“ or „or“ are different to the conversational. when asked if someone wants to eat an apple or an icecream this is usually understood as one or the other, not one AND the other. the logic language is different to the conversational. it´s the semantics and the pragmatics. same with grammar - i recently asked a native speaker of english about a special phrase. he said: „yes, logically it IS possible, it could be correct. but nobody would say or understand it. it just sounds totally wrong.“ and here comes chomsky who stated that it is ONLY about what native speakers FEEL is correct. no matter what books say. so, skip logic and jump into chaos again ? yes, of course.

# my trip to logical university # linguistics # university of vienna #