Sentence realization again: reply to Rey

Barber, Alex (2008). Sentence realization again: reply to Rey. Croatian Journal of Philosophy, 8(23) pp. 233–240.


Against criticism from Georges Rey I defend both my earlier account of sentence realization and my objection to his own ‘folie-à-deux’ account. The latter has two components, one sceptical (sentences and other standard linguistic entities are rarely if ever realized [‘produced’, ‘tokened’, ‘uttered’]) and the other optimistic (this is a benign outcome since communication is unaffected by our being mistaken in assuming that they are realized). Both components are flawed, notwithstanding Rey’s defence. My non-sceptical account of sentence realization avoids the difficulties his faces, as well as those he raises for it.

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