Language philosophy and translation

Kirsten Malmkjær

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This article deals with the role played by the concept of translation within 20th century Analytical Philosophy of Language. Within this tradition, the question of translation is central in developing a theory of meaning, because the task of that theory is to explain how it is that two people can know that they share a language: How do I know that your English translates into my English? In Davidson's words ([1973] 1984: 125):

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