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Media: Language and the Unconscious

Submitter: Brent Woo

Submitter Email: bwoo@linguistlist.org
Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Cognitive Science

Media Body: In a conversation with Ehsan Azari Stanizai discussing French
psychiatrist Jacques Lacan, the relationship of language to the
(un)conscious is touched on.

'...this unconscious is always producing its effect in these linguistic
tropes and also in the gaps, and also in the lapses in our speaking, or
in our written discourse, or in our spoken discourse; those things that
we are not talking... when language fails to produce its effect as a
communicative means, then that is the eruption of unconscious.'

Is this related to Chomsky's idea of E- and I-Language?

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ehsan-azari/lacan-western-
philosophy-_b_988290.html
Issue Number: 22.3990
Date Posted: October 12, 2011

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