The Language Myth in Western Culture

Edited by Roy Harris

© 2001 – Routledge

228 pages

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About the Book

The basic claim of this book is that for 2000 years and more the western tradition has relied on two very dubious assumptions about human communication: that each national language is a unique code and that linguistic communication consists in the utilization of such codes to transfer messages from mind to mind.

Table of Contents

Contributors Preface 1.The Role of the Language Myth in the Western Cultural Tradition 2.The Language Myth and Historical Linguistics 3. The Language Myth and Standard English 4.The Language Myth and Linguistics Humanised 5. The Mythical, The Non-Mythical and Representation in Linguistics 6. Folk Psychology and The Language Myth: What would the Integrationists say? 7. The Language Myth and the Race Myth: Evil Twins of Modern Identity Politics? 8.The Language Myth and Mathematical Notation as a Language of Nature 9. The Language Myth and The Law 10. The Language Myth and Western Art 12. The Language Myth, Schopenhauer and Music Index

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:
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General