Human language is not arbitrary. But how is its use constrained?
Are there rules or general human dispositions that govern it? Rules
and Dispositions in Language Use explains how correct language use
is indeed governed by both rules and general human dispositions. It
does so by bringing together themes from Ludwig Wittgenstein and
Noam Chomsky, which for many years have been thought to be
incompatible. Opening with a fresh discussion of Saul Kripke's work
on rule-following and meaning, the question of what objectively
correct language use could amount to is raised and answered. In its
conclusion, the importance of human biological endowment for
language use is discussed and compared with Wittgensteinian views
on how rules govern language use.