Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 17:19:30 -0500 From: "David W. Pass" Subject: Re: Double negatives (was one as a pronoun?) Dear Ms. Flannigan, I still beg to differ. You say that "language is language." Is this to indicate that you believe it to be unchanging. I should hope not. Neither am I meaning to imply that logic and language are in any way equivilant. Indeed logic is developed through language but yet language is also developed through logic. The two are quite inextricable. Are you aware of Semiotics? This is the study of signs. Words are signs that describe ideas. Ideas describe reality. So, any word can be described using an axiom of formal logic called "hypothetical syllogism": if P then Q/if Q then R/therefore R. This does not say that "logic is language" or that we should adopt logic as our language. It simply says that -- because language can be described by logic -- language is logical. Likewise, because logic can be described by language, logic is linguistic. The two are very much intermeshed. That is inarguable, and that is all I meant to imply. Dave Pass