Pattern and Process : A Whiteheadian Perspective on Linguistics

By (author) Fortescue, Michael

The purpose of this book is to illustrate the relevance to linguistics today of Whitehead's philosophy of organism. Although largely ignored by linguists, Whitehead has in fact much to say as regards the cognitive processes underpinning language pattern. His theory of symbolism conceives of language as the 'systematization of expression', and relates meaning to feeling (in the broadest sense). The Whiteheadian perspective allows a synthesis of the psychological and the social approaches to language that does not fall into one or another fashionable form of reductionism. The volume represents a first application of Whitehead's thinking to a broad range of linguistic phenomena, ranging from speech act theory to the production and comprehension of texts, from language acquisition to historical change and the evolution of language. It is argued that Whitehead's holistic philosophy is uniquely suited to the view of language as an emergent phenomenon - regardless of whether one's approach to cognition is via the 'nativist' or the 'functionalist' route.

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  • 1. Why Whitehead?, p1-23
  • 2. A Whiteheadian approach to natural dialogue, p25-52
  • 3. The language system, p53-79
  • 4. The content side of language, p81-105
  • 5. Language processing and the mind/brain, p107-137
  • 6. Understanding written texts, p139-169
  • 7. The historical transmission of language, p171-197
  • 8. Language as organism or eternal object, p199-226
  • 9. Whitehead and linguistic metatheory, p227-243
  • 10. Appendix 1, p245-250
  • 11. Appendix 2, p251-253
  • 12. Notes, p255-298
  • 13. References, p299-306
  • 14. Subject Index, p307-311

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書名 Pattern and Process : A Whiteheadian Perspective on Linguistics
著作者等 Fortescue, Michael
書名別名 A Whiteheadian Perspective on Linguistics
シリーズ名 Human Cognitive Processing 6
出版元 John Benjamins Publishing Co.
刊行年月 2001.05.17
ページ数 320p
大きさ H225 x W154
ISBN 9781588110589
ISSN 13876724
言語 英語
出版国 オランダ