The Reflexivity of Change: The Case of Language Norms

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dc.contributor.author Suber, Peter
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-09T19:05:16Z
dc.date.issued 1989
dc.identifier.citation Suber, Peter. 1989. Reflexivity of Change: The Case of Language Norms. Journal of Speculative Philosophy 3, no. 2: 100-129. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0891-625X en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:32978573
dc.description.abstract In the evolution of speech, the censure of mispronunciations can cause them to abate, and thereby reinforce the prevailing norm. Conversely, widespread and longlasting mispronunciation can amend the norm. In the former case we see the reflexive self-stabilization of language norms; in the latter, the reflexive subversion of the norms. This essay proposes a general model of the reflexive stability and change of norms, and applies it to language norms; elsewhere the author applies the same analysis to legal norms. The need traditionally filled by a priori norms is filled by slow-changing, "constitutive a posteriori" norms. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Penn State University Press en_US
dc.relation.isversionof https://www.jstor.org/stable/25669912?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents en_US
dc.relation.hasversion http://legacy.earlham.edu/~peters/writing/freiburg.htm en_US
dc.relation.hasversion http://legacy.earlham.edu/~peters/writing/freibur2.htm en_US
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dc.title The Reflexivity of Change: The Case of Language Norms en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Accepted Manuscript en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Speculative Philosophy en_US
dash.depositing.author Suber, Peter
dc.date.available 2017-06-09T19:05:16Z
dc.identifier.orcid ORCID  0000-0002-3577-2890 en_US

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