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.
History of linguistics linguistic system conversational order linguistic creativity linguistic memory machine-mediated communication post-humanism human communication linguistic theories language and human nature
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1.Department of EnglishLingnan UniversityHong KongChina
About the authors
Dr. Feifei Zhou is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, where she teaches Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics. In 2014, Zhou received her Ph.D. in Linguistics and the History of Ideas from the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include the history of linguistics, health discourses, and linguistic landscapes.
Book TitleModels of the Human in Twentieth-Century Linguistic Theories