The Fallacies of Metalanguage and Scientific Language Construction
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This paper examines the theories of Anna Wierzbicka and her use of a "metalanguage" in order to solve the ambiguities and culture-contextual problems inherent in language. The paper argues the absurdity of Wierzbicka's theory.
From the Paper:"In her piece, “Speech Acts and Speech Genres Across Languages and Cultures”, Anna Wierzbicka attempts to construct a ‘metalanguage’ for linguists to define foreign terms and concepts. (1992) This metalanguage, as it was proposed, would eliminate the ambiguity of using culturally loaded words when attempting to define speech acts, genres, and events in other languages. While her initial premise concerning culturally loaded text was intriguing; the attempted creation of a pseudo-scientific ‘metalanguage’ was not only absurd, but also defied her own initial discussion on the specific cultural context of speech acts."
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