[FOM] following rules

Alice ter Meulen alicetermeulen at gmail.com
Tue Feb 21 11:57:58 EST 2017

Some post-Wittgenstein thought about rule following proposes to consider a commonly recognised and consequently corrected violation of a rule to be evidence of its existence. E.g. a young child learning English often ‘tries out’ the extent of the -ed past tense morphology on verbs by over generating and getting corrected by others. For a short time he will correctly say “I walked to school” or “I biked to school”, but also “I leaved school” or “I readed a book”, until he can be properly regarded to know the rule of past tense formation for (weak) verbs.

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