Heidegger characterizes the relationship between language and Being as "language is the house of Being", negating the idea that language is merely a tool ready to be used at hand.
Drawing on this idea, as well as ideas from anthropology, pragmatics, and folklore studies, the author argues that "language is the last homestead of human beings", meaning that mankind lives within language, has to live within language, and lives in formulaic speech events. The author takes Western classic works on the philosophy of language and his own insights of language use, rooted in traditional Chinese culture, in order to develop his own localized theory. In this title, the author explores the philosophical aspect of man’s survival by presenting day-to-day exchange routines such as weddings and fortune-telling dialogues in the Chinese context.
Awarded the first prize for Academic Excellence in Philosophy and Social Sciences in Guangdong Province, and second prize in the second Xu Guozhang Award for Foreign Language Studies, this is a must-read for researchers interested in philosophy of language and pragmatics.
Table of Contents
Preamble. Preface 1: Grabbing a language means grabbing its thoughts. Preface 2. Preface 3. Preface 4: Finally, I’m back home! Preface for the English edition. 1 Introduction. 2 Philosophical and Pragmatic Perspectives. 3 Language: Mankind’s Last Homestead. 4 Language Betraying Human Beings: The Paradox of "Language Being Mankind’s Last Homestead". 5 Choosing Not to Speak. Postscript: Picking the Grapes within My Reach.
Guanlian Qian is a professor at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. His research interests are the philosophy of language and pragmatics.