Theorizing Language: Analysis, Normativity, Rhetoric, History

Theorizing Language: Analysis, Normativity, Rhetoric, History


even though what language clients in numerous cultures say approximately their very own language has lengthy been famous as of strength curiosity, its theoretical value to the research of language has in most cases been regarded as not more than peripheral. "Theorizing Language" is the 1st e-book to put the reflexive personality of language on the very centre either one of its empirical examine and of its theoretical clarification. Language can basically be defined as a cultural fabricated from the reflexive program of its personal inventive powers to build, keep an eye on, and provides conceptual shape to things of knowing. Language is itself, before everything, an item of cultural figuring out. Theoretical analyses of language that have missed its reflexive personality, or just taken its results with no consideration, purely impose their very own synthetic constructions on their analytical item. the 1st a part of this booklet discusses the implications of neglecting this reflexive personality for the technical suggestions and techniques that are utilized in analysing types of communicational phenomena. within the moment half, normativity - an important point of language's reflexive nature - is tested. The book's 3rd and ultimate half specializes in specific matters within the historical past of linguistic notion which endure witness to the rhetoric of language theorizing as a reflexive kind of inquiry.

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