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Title: Preface to Poststructural Linguistics
Paper URL: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2023159
Author: Amitav Choudhry
Author: Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay
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Homepage: http://isid.academia.edu/DebaprasadBandyopadhyay
Institution: Indian Statistical Institute
Linguistic Field: Discipline of Linguistics; History of Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Philosophy of Language
Abstract: In the context of India, bringing out a volume on a theme called “Post-Structural Linguistics” (henceforth PSL) is too ambitious and premature too, as a minor portion of the Linguist community in India are interested in such an endeavor to understand the problems of disciplines born out of an enlightenment-project along with the problems of plurality and lab-state analytical procedures. Above all, unfortunately, not all the PSL-enthusiasts are available to make their contribution in this tiny volume. However, the present volume has collated the contributions made by frontline linguists in the minority community of PSL./L//L/To summarize the issues discussed here, the following themes are proposed: 1. The problem of linguistic creativity in relation to outside sociality; 2. The theory of polylogues without manipulation and domination; 3. Decentralized language planning from below; 4. The reconsideration of technical vocabulary that reflects the colonialist cultural conventions, i.e. colonialism and the birth of linguistics as a discipline; 5. Development of non-/ post formal system of analyses (cf. Lakatosian [1976] non-formal mathematics and Goedel’s [1931] theorem and the logic of xduction. Ancient Indian theory of mimamsa school, Bharttrhari and Abhinavagupta’s theories); 6. Critique of modern linguistics or in defense of modern linguistics; 7. Plural interpretation of texts.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Linguistics Today, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. i-ix, January - June 1999
URL: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2023159


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