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  1. Various authors have tried to understand how the language works. Wittgenstein is one of them.

    According to the” Logical-Philosophical Treatise”, language is a reflection of the world in symbols. Words correspond to objects, sentences to what happens to them. Something is bound to happen to all items, so items can't just exist. Similarly, in a language, words carry information only in sentences. For example, the word “table”does not carry any information, but the sentence “there is a table in this room” does.�

    Sentences that convey information are called “meaningful” because they can also be said to convey some meaning. A sentence can only be meaningful if it describes some real state of affairs, what is happening (or vice versa, is not happening) in the world. For example, “it's raining today” and ” it's not raining today “are meaningful sentences, while” rain is rain ” is meaningless (we don't learn anything new from it).�

    Meaningless sentences aren't necessarily bad. For example, in poetry, meaningless sentences can awaken our imagination or some emotions, create the right rhythm, etc.

    Later, Wittgenstein revised his ideas and proposed a different model of language.

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