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Some remarks on pragmatics in the language of mathematics Comments to the paper "At Least One Black Sheep: Pragmatics and Mathematical Language" by Luca San Mauro, Marco Ruffino and Giorgio Venturi

Journal article
Authors A. Ranta
Aarne Ranta
Published in Journal of Pragmatics
Volume 160
Pages 120-122
ISSN 0378-2166
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Computer Science and Engineering (GU)
Pages 120-122
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2020.02...
Keywords Linguistics
Subject categories Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering

Abstract

I agree wholeheartedly with the authors of "At Least One Black Sheep: Pragmatics and Mathematical Language" on their main thesis that the language of mathematics is permeated by phenomena that belong to pragmatics. I also agree with what they take to be the opposite view, which is presented in Mohan Ganesalingam's monograph The Language of Mathematics (2013). I think that the conflict is to a large extent terminological and has to do with what is meant by pragmatics. (C) 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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