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Models of the Human in Twentieth-Century Linguistic Theories

System, Order, Creativity

  • Feifei Zhou
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Feifei Zhou
    Pages 1-9
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Feifei Zhou
      Pages 27-33
    3. Feifei Zhou
      Pages 41-48
    4. Feifei Zhou
      Pages 49-54
    5. Feifei Zhou
      Pages 63-68
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Feifei Zhou
      Pages 93-98
    3. Feifei Zhou
      Pages 113-117
    4. Feifei Zhou
      Pages 119-129
    5. Feifei Zhou
      Pages 137-140
  5. Part III

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 229-233

About this book

Introduction

This book provides a refreshingly new perspective for investigating linguistic texts, which foregrounds models of the human. It presents a close reading of major linguistic theories in the twentieth century with a focus on three main themes: linguistic system and the individual speaker; social order; and linguistic creativity. The examination of these three fundamental themes concerning language and human nature, on the one hand, provides a fine-textured exposition on the implicit and explicit models of human nature endorsed by major theorists; on the other, it reveals the methodological dilemmas faced by linguistics. In light of the fact that the importance of considering posthumanist ideas is increasingly being underscored today, both within and outside linguistics, this focus on the human makes the book highly topical.

Keywords

History of linguistics linguistic system conversational order linguistic creativity linguistic memory machine-mediated communication post-humanism human communication linguistic theories language and human nature

Authors and affiliations

  • Feifei Zhou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EnglishLingnan UniversityHong KongChina

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