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LINGUIST List 21.1642

Mon Apr 05 2010

Books: Cognitive Science/Semantics/Discourse Analysis/Socioling: Teubert

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Message 1: Meaning, Discourse and Society: Teubert
Date: 05-Apr-2010
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Meaning, Discourse and Society: Teubert
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Title: Meaning, Discourse and Society
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Wolfgang Teubert
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521885652 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 60.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521885652 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 99.00
Abstract:

Meaning, Discourse and Society investigates the construction of reality
within discourse. When people talk about things such as language, the mind,
globalisation or weeds, they are less discussing the outside world than
objects they have created collaboratively by talking about them. Wolfgang
Teubert shows that meaning cannot be found in mental concepts or neural
activity, as implied by the cognitive sciences. He argues instead that
meaning is negotiated and knowledge is created by symbolic interaction,
thus taking language as a social, rather than a mental, phenomenon.
Discourses, Teubert contends, can be viewed as collective minds, enabling
the members of discourse communities to make sense of themselves and of the
world around them. By taking an active stance in constructing the reality
they share, people thus can take part in moulding the world in accordance
with their perceived needs.

Introduction;

Part I. Meaning, the Mind and the Brain:
1. The cognitive turn;
2. The long history of mind linguistics;
3. What do we know about mental concepts?;
4. Morphing theoretical sémes into 'real' concepts;
5. From mental representations to conceptual ontologies;
6. What is meaning?;
7. Where should we look for meaning?;

Part II. Discourse and Society:
8. Language as discourse;
9. Society presupposes language, and language presupposes society;
10. A closer look at oral societies;
11. Differences between oral and literate societies;
12. Empirical linguistics deals only with recorded language;
13. Meaning, knowledge and the construction of reality;
14. The language of the scientific experimental report;
15. Diachronicity, intertextuality and hermeneutics;
16. Meaning and the interpretation of a haiku;

Conclusion.


Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Discourse Analysis
                            Semantics
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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