• Feifei Zhou


What is the relation between the individual speaker and language? How is social order possible? And where do we get our linguistic creativity?—These are the three questions which are fundamental to our understanding of language and human nature. That mainstream linguistics as practiced by linguists and taught as a course, with its many sub-disciplines and extended disciplines, tends to lose sight of these enquiries should not obliterate the fact that these questions were originally posed by three trailblazing theorists, Ferdinand de Saussure, Harold Garfinkel and Noam Chomsky, at crucial points of language research in the twentieth century. By refocusing on these three important themes, linguistic system and the individual speaker, social order, linguistic creativity, this book attempts to investigate how language theorists conceptualize human beings and how their theorizings are intimately linked with methodological dilemmas of linguistics as a discipline. It seems especially relevant to gain a solid and contextual understanding of models of the human in linguistics when calls to embrace posthumanist ideas both within and outside linguistics are increasingly heard these days.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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