chapter  II
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The Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

Language, according to one traditional notion, consists of words, and each word possesses a meaning in so far as it stands for something. One learns a language, on this view, by learning what each word refers to; words are names, and to know a language is to know what all the words denote. Hence a word which did not denote anything would not be a word at all; it would be a mere sound; it would be meaningless.