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Dear Maarten,

Let us analyse the Quine's paradox.

"yields a falsehood when preceded by its quotation" yields a falsehood when preceded by its quotation.

- "something in quotes" yields a falsehood when preceded by its quotation.

- well please review and see what in English grammar quotation text is used for?

- Just because the text in quote, that is "yields a falsehood when preceded by its quotation" is similar in textual-content text of the statement [yields a falsehood when preceded by its quotation.] does not mean they are similar or equal in any sense. Or to be specific the 'it' is not equal to the quoted '"it"'.

- What I am bringing to your consciousness is that, in mathematical terms or in logical terms the below equation is not balanced on both sides :)

Assumption :: "yields a falsehood when preceded by its quotation" = yields a falsehood when preceded by its quotation. = it

For Clarity :: "Some text in quotes" = yields a falsehood when preceded by its quotation. = it

Truth :: "yields a falsehood when preceded by its quotation" != yields a falsehood when preceded by its quotation.

For Clarity :: "Some text in quotes" != yields a falsehood when preceded by its quotation.

Actual Quine's Paradox statement should have been as below:

"yields a falsehood when preceded by its quotation." yields a falsehood when preceded by its quotation.

Now you are seeing a dot in a quoted text which is absurd. two dots or full stops in a single sentence....foolish. Please do not argue that the full stop or dot at the end of an English sentence is not part of the sentence, it, the dot or the full stop is very much part of the sentence. And further my high school English teacher had taught me that what is in a quotation in an English sentence, is assumed to be spoken by some one. Now tell me who is speaking out the part of the Quine's paradox statement that is in quotations? The reader of the quine's paradox is just reading and some character needs to speak? the reader is not speaking here, he/she is just reading the paradox statement. From reading the paradox statement, the reader does not get to know who is speaking?

I again try to explain that the understanding and meaning of any sentence is very much tied to the context that has to be established well before using the sentence. Because there is always contextual tie-ins for a sentence to other sentences which establish context, to make sense and a meaning/s to be derived from it/them.

Language is a gift of God, When the Great Lord Shiva, danced with his 'damarug', it was then that the words or alphabets of language emerged and language was born. "Om namah shivaya".

Thanks a lot for reading :)

NOTES: '!=' is same in meaning as 'not equal to' in Computer programming languages. This notation has been used in the above equations.

Regards,
Radheevar
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