a study of etymology shows concept boundary change over time.

a study of etymology shows concept boundary change over time.

Dictionaries define long after the fact.

it is precisely usage by individuals and groups that changes conceptual boundaries.

some countries have committees such as France to have definitive authoritative meanings of things.

more typically specialists in fields will create standardization documents to assist clear communication

often done by committee or sometime by individuals

Michael Cavallo
I think the flowery language here in the Wikipedia description was a bit much, but the 50 year debate between prototype theory and exemplar theory did put me on the side of prototype, Which is an averaging of associated properties found in boundaries rather than exemplar where there is the master dog upon which all dogs are compared against.

(I think we also use exemplars, and for narratives if we have an exemplar available we may prefer it.

but forms start fuzzy, quite literally, and it’s through association of properties : features that creates objects.


I am a fan of embodied cognition so I’m used to the weird way they put things.

but you can switch to historical linguistics and you’ll find the same concept using a different language.

they may be constructed of different materials but they result in the same function.

this may in fact prove your point better in that two different fields came to the same conclusions from distinct methods.



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