Discourse and Reality


Any theory of language, communication or discourse will carry with it some underlying assumption about how it is related to the world. In philosophical terms, it will take a certain epistemological stance. It is hard to imagine a theory of human speech that does not have some assumption about how the world, hence knowledge of it, is accessed and how the access is related to language. So I will begin this book with an epistemologically oriented account of linguistic communication. The specific view that I will develop in this chapter is, put simply, that linguistic communication or discourse is not separable from the world or reality, but can be seen as thoroughly constitutive of it. I shall call this perspective the reality-constitutive view.


Military Action Discursive Practice Discursive Construction Representationalist Model Linguistic Communication 
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  • Shi-xu
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  1. 1.Zhejiang UniversityChina

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