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Rethinking Linguistics

1st Edition

Edited by Hayley G. Davis, Talbot J. Taylor


208 pages

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This book deals with the need to rethink the aims and methods of contemporary linguistics. Orthodox linguists' discussions of linguistic form fail to exemplify how language users become language makers. Integrationist theory is used here as a solution to this basic problem within general linguistics. The book is aimed at an interdisciplinary readership, comprising those engaged in study, teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences, including linguistics, philosophy, sociology and psychology.

Table of Contents

Hayley Davis, Why rethink linguistics?'; Roy Harris, On redefining linguistics'; Nigel Love, Integrating languages'; Talbot J. Taylor, Reflexivity and linguistic form'; Talbot J. Taylor & Stuart Shanker, Growing up in language'; John Joseph, On redefining linguistic creativity'

About the Editors

Hayley Davis is a lecturer in the English Department at Golsmiths College. She has written numerous articles and chapters on standard English, lexicography, bad language and lay metalanguage. She is the author of Words:An Integrational Approach (Curzon 2001). Talbot Taylor is Lousie G.T. Cooley Professor of English and Lingusitics at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He has written widely in the fields of lanugage theory, discourse analysis, and the history of linguistic thought.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Communication and Linguistic Theory

Routledge Advances in Communication and Linguistic Theory presents an integrationist approach to problems of language and communication. Integrationism has emerged in recent years as a radically innovative theoretical position. It challenges the most basic assumptions underlying orthodox twentieth-century linguistics, including those taken for granted by leading structuralists, post-structuralists and generativists. According to integrationists, human communication is an essentially creative enterprise: it relies very little on the 'codes', 'systems', 'habits' and 'rules' postulated by orthodox theorists. Instead, integrationists see the communicative life of each individual as part of a continuous attempt to integrate the present with the past and the future. The success of this attempt depends crucially on the ability to contextualise on-going events rather than on any mastery of established conventions.
The books in this series are aimed at a multidisciplinary readership comprising those engaged in study, teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, the arts, education, linguistics, literary studies, philosophy and psychology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General