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[435a]

Cratylus
Yes.

Socrates
Then if you recognize my meaning when I speak, that is an indication given to you by me.

Cratylus
Yes.

Socrates
The indication comes from something which is unlike my meaning when I speak, if in your example σκληρότης the lambda is unlike hardness; and if this is true, did you not make a convention with yourself, since both like and unlike letters, by the influence of custom and convention, produce indication? And even if custom is entirely distinct from convention,


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