Posted: Mar 21, 2014 10:01 am
by Zwaarddijk
hackenslash wrote:
seeker wrote:Well, that's your assumption,

Not an assumption.

and that's not what I've said. All I've said is that I'm interested in knowing the linguists's conventional usages and definitions.

Why? You don't go to a linguist for definitions any more than you go to a plumber for brain surgery. Semantics is a philosophical discipline.

No, semantics is just as much a discipline in linguistics. Hack, I respect you a lot but sometimes you don't know what you're talking about. Besides, the question how linguists define some thing is relevant if you want to understand what linguists are saying - any scholars will give definitions for various terms; or are you going to tell us to go to philosophers to learn what terms like "derivative" or "gradient" mean?