Theorizing Language: Analysis, Normativity, Rhetoric, by T. J. Taylor

By T. J. Taylor

Even supposing what language clients in several cultures say approximately their very own language has lengthy been well-known as of strength curiosity, its theoretical significance to the learn of language has as a rule been considered not more than peripheral. Theorizing Language is the 1st publication to put the reflexive personality of language on the very centre either one of its empirical research and of its theoretical explanation.

Language can purely be defined as a cultural manufactured from the reflexive software of its personal artistic powers to build, keep an eye on, and provides conceptual shape to things of figuring out. Language is itself, firstly, an item of cultural figuring out. Theoretical analyses of language that have ignored its reflexive personality, or just taken its results with no consideration, purely impose their very own man made constructions on their analytical object.

The first a part of this ebook discusses the implications of neglecting this reflexive personality for the technical strategies and techniques that are utilized in analysing varieties of communicational phenomena. within the moment half, normativity - an important point of language's reflexive nature - is tested. The book's 3rd and ultimate half makes a speciality of specific matters within the historical past of linguistic idea which undergo witness to the rhetoric of language theorizing as a reflexive type of inquiry.

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In the most general sense, a silent pause can be said to occur when the speaker is not speaking.  An absence of speech does not fulfill the criteria we employ in calling something (or nothing) a pause. The notion of the pause is intrinsically related to its opposite: fluent or continuous speech. , the empty quad or a couple fast asleep in their bed, then there is no question of a pause in speech. It would therefore appear that the pause, like the related notion of discontinuity, must be defined in relation to its opposite: fluent or continuous speech.

A semantic theory which was not in agreement with our language games about meaning would not ordinarily be thought of by scholars whose "intuitive knowledge" of mean­ ing is already framed by those language games. " In certain communities (speech­communities) some speech­utterances are alike as to form and meaning.  Without it, the linguist's chosen subject—the language system said to underlie verbal behavior—would be conceptually incoherent, not to say, irrelevant.  Rather, the assumption is grounded in the way everyday language­users will ordinarily talk about each other's verbal behavior.

It is perhaps unfortunate that we have no more technical accounts by a native Tzeltal linguist of what a language is, how it is learned, and what the role of discontinuity is in communication. " Since, in English, we do not ordinarily speak of discontinuity, the inves­ tigator into this topic is relatively unconstrained. " The theories which have thus been developed do not agree with one an­ other. Often the central concepts of one theory appear totally incommen­ surate with those of another.  This metalinguistic practice, and the nor­ mative contexts within which it is acquired, underlie all the current theo­ ries of speech discontinuity.

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