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Word has summarized the observations of three persons who have studied the
~ nature of words. These observations frame the topic which this essay explores. ~
Philosophers have found words objects of fascination since at least the
5th century BC, with the foundation of the philosophy of language.
Plato analyzed words in terms of their origins and the sounds making them up,
concluding that there was some connection between sound and meaning though
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John Locke wrote that the use of words "is to be sensible marks of ideas,"
though they are chosen "not by any natural connexion that there is between
particular articulate sounds and certain ideas, for then there would be but
one language amongst all men; but by a voluntary imposition, whereby
such a word is made arbitrarily the mark of such an idea".
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Wittgenstein's thought transitioned from a word as [a] representation of
~~~ meaning to "the meaning of a word is its use in the language." ~~
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