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Title: PSI-Properties: Language, Psyche and Society
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Author: Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay
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Institution: Indian Statistical Institute
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Language; Psycholinguistics
Abstract: “Really” speaking, “ideal speaker and hearer” do not exist in the world of threat and violence or in the world of behavioral manipulation. The author of this paper is contradicting Chomsky’s metanarrative of transcendental cogito. His purvapaksa (opponent’s view, i.e., Chomsky’s hypothesis of linguistic creativity) holds that there is a context free ideal creative speaking subject with zero History. However, author thinks that this ahistorical ideal subject escapes real. What is about speaking subject’s real locus? Where does s/he stand? Does she/he stand in a vacuum? As sometimes in Classical Physics, we presume such vacuum (bodies fall in the “actual” atmosphere behave as if they are falling in a vacuum; falling bodies travels 32 feet per seconds everywhere in the third planet) to continue our agenda for model-theoretic approach. Chomsky’s hypothesis also does not able to avoid such scienticism — his speaking subject stands in a vacuum. Chomsky, who is like an old fashioned physicist, is not only constructing ideal, his interest falls only within the purview of, analogically speaking, VIBGYOR as he, instigated by his Cartesian inheritance, only analyzes so-called “normal”, “natural” sentences without being bothered about the infinite sets of color-shades as perceived by a painter. His theory mercilessly marginalizes ab-normalcy (though the author does not know the exact borderline between normal and abnormal). The author is only emphasizing on the correlation between linguistic organism and human malleability. That is, linguistic creativity may or may not be crippled by the outside sociality as mental/biological linguistic algorithm cannot stand alone as it is also controlled by the social rules. Formally, author wants to call this interface (in between psyche and society) as “psi” or psychosocial property. This psi-Property reasserts that the being is always in the being-in-the-(social) world as well as being-for-others. The author’s hypothesis is: Context-sensitive creative speaking corporeal with history.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Indian Journal of Linguistics (2003), 19(1-2); pp. 36-46.

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