First published in 1980, this reissue is a study of the sociology of language, which aims to bridge the gap between textbook and monograph by alternating chapters of explication and analysis. A chapter outlining a particular theory and suggesting general criticisms is followed by a chapter offering an original application of that theory. The aim of the authors is to treat text and talk as the site of specific practices which sustain or subvert particular relations between appearance and reality.
I Introduction: the language of mastery 1. Interrupting the 'I' 2. Language and ideology in Althuser II The limits of language 3. Wittgenstein's two languages 4. Kafka: the poet of black and white III Language and thought 5. Husserl's two phenomenolgies 6. Heidegger: from letters to being, or from being to letters? IV LAnguage and society 7. The essentialism of ethnomethodology 8. Codes in conversation: the speech of Bernstein and Labdov V The practice of ordinary language 9. What Austin does with words 10. Locke's text of property VI Language, sign and text 11. The significance of Barthes 12. The blood of dreams: Robbe-Grillet project VII Conclusion: the mastery of language 13. Textuality, sexuality, economy 14. The competence model and its limits