Ordinary Language Problem and Quantum Reality

Jerome P. Mbat, Emmanuel Iniobong Archibong


Language has severally been viewed as a collection of words, phrases, and sentences. For some, it is a habit system, acquired accidentally and extrinsically. It is further regarded as a structure of forms and concepts based on a system of rules that determine their interrelations, arrangement, and organization. Language also has a relationship with the world and how we talk about the world. It is often likened to a tool, perhaps man’s most important one; more useful it seems than fire, the wheel, or atomic energy. However, language like any tool has its limitations. This limitation is very obvious in the discussions of the behavior of sub-atomic quantum particles of reality since the ordinary everyday language of this macro-world does not fit into the picture of the behavior of elementary particles of physics. This paper attempts to highlight the language difficulties inherent in the discussions of quantum reality from a philosophical perspective using such tools as criticism, analysis and speculation to justify the position that ordinary language is not enough to interpret and explain quantum reality.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/ijel.v2n5p154

International Journal of English Linguistics   ISSN 1923-869X (Print)   ISSN 1923-8703 (Online)

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