Is the metaphysical status of "language game" in later wittgensteinian philosophy of language revolutionary or not?

Karagöz, Umut
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U. Karagöz, “Is the metaphysical status of “language game” in later wittgensteinian philosophy of language revolutionary or not?,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2005.