LINGUIST List 31.1335

Mon Apr 13 2020

Books: The Limits of Expression: Kolaiti

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Date: 09-Apr-2020
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Subject: The Limits of Expression: Kolaiti
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Title: The Limits of Expression
Subtitle: Language, Literature, Mind
Published: 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Patricia Kolaiti
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108418669 Pages: 150 Price: U.K. £ 80
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108418669 Pages: 150 Price: U.S. $ 110

Taking as its starting point what is sometimes called 'the prison house of language' - the widespread feeling that language falls terribly short when it comes to articulating the rich and disparate contents of the human mental tapestry - this book sets out a radically new view of the interplay between language, literature and mind. Shifting the focus from the literary text itself to literature as a case of human agency, it reconsiders a wide range of interdisciplinary issues including the move from world to mind, the existence or otherwise of a property of literariness or essence of art, the nature of literature as a unique output of human cognition and the possible distinctiveness of the mind that creates it. In constant dialogue with philosophy, linguistics and the cognitive sciences, this book offers an invaluable new treatment of literature and literary language, and sketches novel directions for literary study in the twenty-first century.

Accessible to a wide audience across multiple disciplines, with varying degrees of expertise

Shows how linguistics and cognitive theories can both influence and be influenced by the study of literature and art

Maps out new directions for literary study in the twenty-first century

1. The question of expressibility or how far it is possible to speak our mind
2. Language, world and mind
3. The curse of the phenomenal: a case from Kinaesthesia
4. After structural essentialism what? Implications for the inadequacy of language thesis
5. Literature as artifact v literature as a cognitive object. Implications for linguistic pessimism
6. Literature as meaning v literature as experience
7. Interdisciplinarity, theory and the sciences of mind

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (eng)

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