WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LANGUAGE AND REALITY?
There has been a raging debate over the relationship between language and reality, and especially on cultural affiliations in different parts of the world. Researchers have come up with variety of theories to explain the existing relationship among the two. On of such thoughts is “the idea of directions of fit.’’ The first direction of fit argues that words match the world. For example, when we say, “there is a dog on the floor” we are using words to match certain affairs of the world. This kind use of language creates propositions which can be true if they correspond to reality or false if they don’t.
The second direction of fit argues that the world is made to match the words. For example, a lecturer can say that, “this lecture is postponed “. The lecturer is making the reality that the lecture will not happen at that moment. In this sense he or she is changing the reality by representing the reality as being so changed.