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Title: Signs, Mind, and Reality
Subtitle: A theory of language as the folk model of the world
Written By: † Sebastian Shaumyan
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=AiCR%2065
Series Title: Advances in Consciousness Research 65
Description:

The book presents a new science of semiotic linguistics. The goal of
semiotic linguistics is to discover what characterizes language as an
intermediary between the mind and reality so that language creates the
picture of reality we perceive. The cornerstone of semiotic linguistics is
the discovery and resolution of language antinomies ­- contradictions
between two apparently reasonable principles or laws. Language antinomies
constitute the essence of language, and hence must be studied from both
linguistic and philosophical points of view. The basic language antinomy
which underlies all other antinomies is the antinomy between meaning and
information.

Both generative and classical linguistic theories are unaware of the need
to distinguish between meaning and information. By confounding these
notions they are unable to discover language antinomies and confine their
research to naturalistic description of superficial language phenomena
rather than the quest for the essence of language.(Series A)


Table of contents

Preface 1
1. The Science of Semiotic Linguistics 17
2. Language as a Phenomenon of the Social Mind 36
3. The Linguistic Sign 60
4. The Anomalies of Categorization and the Principle of Differences 73
5. Linguistic Structure 101
6. The Theory of Superposition 136
7. Methodological Interlude 167
8. The word and world Classes 207
9. Syntax as the Theory of Word Combinations 224
10. The Theory of the Sentence 241
11. Genotype Categorial Calculus 265
12. Semiotic Linguistics and Cognitve Grammar 272
Epilogue 278
References 283
List of Definitions 292
Index of Languages 294
Index of Names 295
Index of Terms 297

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics
Cognitive Science
Semiotics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027252017
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 315
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