Foundations of Linguistic Theory: Selected Writings of Roy Harris Nigel Love

ISBN: 9781306414999

Published: September 11th 2014

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255 pages


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Foundations of Linguistic Theory: Selected Writings of Roy Harris  by  Nigel Love

Foundations of Linguistic Theory: Selected Writings of Roy Harris by Nigel Love
September 11th 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 255 pages | ISBN: 9781306414999 | 7.23 Mb

For Roy Harris, the fundamental problem about linguistics is that it has been led astray by the fact that we are capable intellectually of decontextualising our own verbal behaviour. A whole interlocking system of doctrines about forms, meanings and communication has arisen designed to support the idea that one particular kind of decontextualising analysis is a prerequisite for, rather than a retrospective reflection on, that behaviour. Against this, in 13 essays collected here for the first time, Harris argues for a fresh start, which recognises that we create language as we go, both as individuals and as communities, just as we create our social structures, forms of artistic expression, moral values, and everything else we call civilisation.

If Harris s thought can be put in a nutshell, it is that all utterances (whether written or spoken) have to appear in a context, and that context is an integral part of the utterance. There is no such thing as a contextless utterance.



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