LINGUIST List 29.2188

Fri May 18 2018

Books: Language and Meaning in the Age of Modernism: McElvenny

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Date: 10-May-2018
From: Anna Glazier <Anna.Glaziereup.ed.ac.uk>
Subject: Language and Meaning in the Age of Modernism: McElvenny
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Title: Language and Meaning in the Age of Modernism
Subtitle: C.K. Ogden and His Contemporaries
Published: 2018
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
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Book URL: https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-language-and-meaning-in-the-age-of-modernism.html

Author: James McElvenny
Electronic: ISBN: 9781474425056 Pages: 200 Price: U.K. £ 75
Electronic: ISBN: 9781474425049 Pages: 200 Price: U.K. £ 75
Hardback: ISBN: 9781474425032 Pages: 200 Price: U.K. £ 75
Abstract:

This book explores the influential currents in the philosophy of language and linguistics of the first half of the twentieth century, from the perspective of the English scholar C. K. Ogden (1889–1957). Ogden was connected to several of the most significant figures of the modernist period, including Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Victoria Lady Welby, Otto Neurath and Rudolf Carnap. In investigating these connections, this book reveals links between early analytic philosophy, semiotics and linguistics in a crucial period of their respective histories and in turn sheds light on the intellectual history of the early twentieth century.

Readers are introduced to the important interaction between Ogden’s thought and Victoria Lady Welby’s ‘significs’, Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein’s ‘logical atomism’ in its various forms, and the philosophy and political activism of Otto Neurath and Rudolf Carnap of the Vienna Circle. McElvenny also examines the background to the ideas espoused in Ogden’s book 'The Meaning of Meaning', co-authored with I. A. Richards, along with the application of these ideas in Ogden’s international language project 'Basic English'.

* Provides a detailed study of the historical origin of key concepts in semantics and semiotics

* Reveals links between early analytic philosophy, semiotics and linguistics in a crucial period of their respective histories

* Makes extensive use of previously unexplored sources, including Ogden’s articles in the journal 'Psyche' and unpublished correspondence

* Includes a detailed examination of 'The Meaning of Meaning', 1923 and 'Basic English', 1930

The print edition of this book is distributed in North America by Oxford University Press under the Edinburgh University Press imprint and with the Edinburgh ISBN.

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (eng)

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