The theory theory of metalinguistic disputes

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According to the theory theory of metalinguistic disputes, disagreements in metalinguistic disputes are based on diverging underlying theories, opinions, or world views. An adequate description of metalinguistic disagreement needs to consider the compatibility and topics of such theories. Although topic continuity can be spelled out in terms of measurement operations, it is argued that even metalinguistic disputes about a term used in different, mutually compatible theories can be substantive because the dispute is indirectly about the virtues of the underlying theories. The account is defended against externalist and holist objections.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalMind and Language
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2020


  • adequacy of definition
  • metalinguistic negotiations
  • theoretical virtues
  • theory comparison
  • theory-contextualism
  • verbal disputes

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