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Discourse, Structure and Linguistic Choice

The Theory and Applications of Molecular Sememics

  • Oliver Cresswell
  • Robert J. Stainton

Benefits

  • Presents an extremely original approach to linguistic meaning and thought-provoking perspectives on language

  • Directly applies this highly original approach to works in literature and to pedagogy

  • Is written in an engaging and accessible prose style

Book

Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 101)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. The Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. T. Price Caldwell, Oliver Cresswell, Robert J. Stainton
      Pages 3-11
    3. T. Price Caldwell, Oliver Cresswell, Robert J. Stainton
      Pages 13-32
    4. T. Price Caldwell, Oliver Cresswell, Robert J. Stainton
      Pages 33-44
    5. T. Price Caldwell, Oliver Cresswell, Robert J. Stainton
      Pages 45-56
    6. T. Price Caldwell, Oliver Cresswell, Robert J. Stainton
      Pages 57-88
  3. The Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. T. Price Caldwell, Oliver Cresswell, Robert J. Stainton
      Pages 91-96
    3. T. Price Caldwell, Oliver Cresswell, Robert J. Stainton
      Pages 97-103
    4. T. Price Caldwell, Oliver Cresswell, Robert J. Stainton
      Pages 105-116
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 131-134

About this book

Introduction

This volume presents eight papers and a draft monograph by T. Price Caldwell on topics in linguistics, semiotics and philosophy of language.

From the beginning of his professional career onwards, Caldwell wrote short fiction and poetry, and he taught English literature. The relevance to these of philosophy of language, semiotics and certain areas of linguistics increasingly caught his interest. This book presents the fruits of this later work.

Of the papers included here, two are abstract and theoretical, focusing on linguistic methodology and Caldwell’s overarching views on the nature of meaning-in-context. His position here, which he called Molecular Sememics, echoes early Structuralism and Functionalism, but addresses shortfalls in each. Two other papers apply the method and theory to topics within semantics and pragmatics, including especially the structuring of discourse. The remaining four papers connect Caldwell’s theoretical insights to his life-long interests in fiction and pedagogy.

The monograph – which Caldwell was left unfinished due to illness – aims to present as a single intellectual package the theory and the applications.

Keywords

Structuralism in linguistics Semiotics Linguistics and literature Wallace Stevens Linguistic pragmatics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.R. Stainton, Uni of Western Ontario R. Stainton, Uni of Western OntarioLondonCanada

Editors and affiliations

  • Oliver Cresswell
    • 1
  • Robert J. Stainton
    • 2
  1. 1.HalifaxCanada
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyThe University of Western OntarioLondonCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Discourse, Structure and Linguistic Choice
  • Book Subtitle The Theory and Applications of Molecular Sememics
  • Authors T. Price Caldwell
  • Editors Oliver Cresswell
    Robert J. Stainton
  • Series Title Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies in Linguist., Phil.
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-75441-3
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-75440-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09231-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-75441-3
  • Series ISSN 0924-4662
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-034X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXII, 134
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Semantics
    Philosophy of Language
    Pragmatics
    Semiotics
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