Linguistics and Philosophy

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 1–17 | Cite as

Some thoughts on the foundations of the theory of language use

  • S. -Y. Kuroda


I identify three functions of language: the communicative, the objectifying, and the objective. I claim that of these three functions, the objective function is the most essential, in the sense specified in the paper, and the communicative the least. I further indicate that language use without the communicative function is more prevalent than might commonly be believed.


Objective Function Artificial Intelligence Computational Linguistic Communicative Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. -Y. Kuroda
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA

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