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Title: The Written Language Bias in Linguistics
Subtitle: Its Nature, Origins and Transformations
Written By: Per Linell
Series Title: Routledge Advances in Communication and Linguistic Theory
Description:

There is a 'written language bias' in the language sciences, particularly
in linguistics. Within the discipline of linguistics, models and theories
of language have been developed that are strongly dependent on long-time
traditions of dealing with writing and written language. This legacy is
still alive in modern, mainstream theoretical linguistics. As a consequence
a paradox arises: there is an almost unanimous agreement on the absolute
primacy of spoken language, yet language is explored from theoretical and
methodological points of departure that are ultimately derived from
concerns with cultivating, standardising and teaching forms of written
language.

The author substantiates claims about the 'written language bias' using
arguments and points from the theory and philosophy of language, phonology,
grammar, lexicology, semantics, pragmatics, theory of text and discourse.
Special attention is given to the notion of the single, unitary language,
the distinction between language and speech, the view on language as a set
of abstract objects and rules, the sentences as the fundamental unit of
language, among other themes. Although the book focuses on mainstream
linguistics, it also sketches an alternative theory of language which
describes language use and talk-in-interaction in dialogical terms and as
embodied, social action distributed in time.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
General Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Philosophy of Language
Phonology
Pragmatics
Semantics
Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0415349923
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 248
Prices: U.K. £ 105.00