In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, WM <email@example.com> wrote:
> On 28 Feb., 22:14, Virgil <vir...@ligriv.com> wrote: > > > WM confuses those names with the things named. > > No. > > > > One, two three, and so on, are names . > > > > Ein, Zwei, Drei, und so weiter, are different names but name the same > > things. > > There are rules according to which different names can be put together > to form sentences. These rules belong to mathematics.
For the English language such rules belong to the grammar of the entire language, not merely to mathematics
> There are rules > according to which different names can replace each other. These rules > belong to germanistic in the narrower and linguistic in the wider > sense. > > The set of words and symbols and pictures and objects that can be > exchanged by each other is an idea. This idea can be an object of > reality called a thing like "three oranges" or a pure idea like > "three". Ideas that nobody thinks do not exist. Ideas that nobody can > think of consistently like fairies, unicorns or finished infinity > exist (as words) but do not belong to mathematics.
Perhaps not in a mathematics limited by WM's germanistics, but that is far too small a world for the greater mathematics unlimited by WM's germanistics. --