© Jiayi Lu 2015
In “Some Reflections on Language Games,” Wilfrid Sellars contemplates whether there is a genuine paradox in learning a first language. It seems that we must know a metalanguage in order to learn a first language, and a meta-metalanguage in order to learn a metalanguage, and so on, because we cannot learn the linguistic expression of a thing without grasping its matching concept. The idea of language as a language game paves the way to a solution to this paradox by presenting an account of pre-conceptual base-level language acquisition.
Lu, Jiayi (2015) "Sellars’ Paradox and Language Games," Res Cogitans: Vol. 6: Iss. 1, Article 8. http:dx.doi.org/10.7710/2155-4838.1125