Chapter 6

The Relational Paradigm

Semantics

This chapter describes the semantics of the Relational Paradigm. It distinguishes between rows of relational tables as physical objects, as declarative sentences, and as statements, and describes such temporally-delimited speech acts as asserting that those statements are true, and withdrawing those assertions.

Keywords

assert; fact; homonym; identity element; indexical; information content; inscription; proposition; referent; speech act; state time; state; statement; synonym; thing; withdraw

Linguists almost universally regard spoken language as primary, and written language as merely a means of recording spoken language. The Internet may shift that balance, but whether or not it does, written language ...

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