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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.

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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