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Title: Linguistic Supertypes
Subtitle: A Cognitive-Semiotic Theory of Human Communication
Written By: Per Durst-Andersen
Series Title: Semiotics, Communication and Cognition [SCC] 6

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The book offers a completely new view of language and of languages such as
Russian, Chinese, Bulgarian, Georgian, Danish and English by dividing them
into three supertypes on the basis of a step-by-step examination of their
relationship to perception and cognition, their representation of situations and
their use in oral and written discourse. The dynamic processing of visual
stimuli involves three stages: input (experience), intake (understanding) and
outcome (a combination). The very choice among three modalities of
existence gives a language a certain voice -- either the voice of reality based
on situations, the speaker's voice involving experiences or the hearer's voice
grounded on information. This makes grammar a prime index: all symbols are
static and impotent and need a vehicle, i.e. grammar, which can bring them
to the proper point of reference. Language is shown to be a living organism
with a determinant category, aspect, mood or tense, which conquers territory
from other potential competitors trying to create harmony between verbal and
nominal categories. It is demonstrated that the communication processes are
different in the three supertypes, although in all three cases the speaker must
choose between a public and a private voice before the grammar is put into

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
History of Linguistics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110253153
Pages: 314
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95
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ISBN-13: 9783110253139
Pages: 314
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95

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ISBN-13: 9783110253146
Pages: 314
Prices: Europe EURO 34.95