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The Material Word (Routledge Revivals)
Some theories of language and its limits





ISBN 9780415610940
Published March 22, 2012 by Routledge
370 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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