Practical Norms of Linguistic Entities

Anna Laktionova


A philosophical analysis of normativity in constituting linguistic units (LU)
leads to the study of ontological and epistemological aspects of realization of
linguistic entities in the form of LUs as the facts of speech. An ‘internal
implicit norm’ (practical and epistemic) of LU is a fundamental hypothesis about
the possibility of a linguistic entity, makes it possible together with the
other norms of it in a pragmatic context, which regulates its appropriateness
externally and provides for its interpretation. The formal definition of the
practical norm of LU ‘p’ has the form of the rule of ‘evidence’: accomplishment
of the content of p is ‘evident’. For example, practical norm for a statement p,
accomplished by A: A knows the content of p. Such norm constitutes p as a type
of linguistic entity (statement) and provides criteria for its evaluation (in
terms of truth for a statement). In this sense practical norms constitute and
regulate LUs.


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; normativity; linguistic entity; philosophy of language; practical philosophy

Full Text:



  • There are currently no refbacks.