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date: 05 June 2020

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In the Western tradition, language has in general been investigated as embedded in the tripartite framework “language – mind – reality,” which embodies an isomorphic relation of signification in the left-to-right direction. In some later developments, to be sure, the ontological and psychological components of this framework have been de-emphasized to varying degrees. In actual linguistic investigations there has been an implicit tension between two descriptive ideals: on the one hand, the axiomatic goal of describing with maximal simplicity as much as possible of what is intuitively known to be the case; on the other, the goal of causally explaining what is observed to happen.

Keywords: axiomatics, causality, explanation, intuition, teleology

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