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.
"Sellars’ Paradox and Language Games,"
International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities: Vol. 7:
2, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/ijurca/vol7/iss2/7