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LINGUIST List 17.2626

Fri Sep 15 2006

Books: Linguistic Theories: Rastall

Editor for this issue: Maria Moreno-Rollins <marialinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, The Power of Speech: Rastall

Message 1: The Power of Speech: Rastall
Date: 15-Sep-2006
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: The Power of Speech: Rastall

Title: The Power of Speech
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 36
Published: 2006
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Paul Rastall, University of Portsmouth
Paperback: ISBN: 389586479X Pages: 115 Price: Europe EURO 48

Following from Ontological Questions in Linguistics (2005) by Mulder and
Rastall, The Power of Speech adopts a functional perspective to address a
range of fundamental issues concerned with our understanding of speech acts
and the role of theory, systems, and other constructs in our account.

In particular, the work explores the ideas that acts of speaking are
"powers" in the philosophical sense and that "meaning" exists only in
actual speech acts. Applying a rigorous ontological distinction between
actually existing speech events in space, time and social circumstances,
and theoretically determined constructs accounting for speech events and
their aspects, the work distinguishes real communication from accounts of
potentials for communication and potentials for meaning on the one hand,
and from socially constructed beliefs about language on the other.

The work further explores Popper's views on the nature of language. It
distinguishes language as communication from language as system or pattern
and from language as information. For the latter the capacity to "arrest"
speech and to consider it critically is central to understanding the role
of linguistic mediation in rationality. However, by placing language in a
biological and evolutionary context the work revisits the analogy/anomaly
debate and emphasises the evidence for a more balanced and organic view of
language along with its systematic features. The work draws attention to
the need to explain the adaptation of linguistic constructs to
ever-changing human needs and priorities and suggests some solutions.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Theoretical Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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