LINGUIST List 33.124

Sun Jan 16 2022

Books: The Limits of Expression: Kolaiti

Editor for this issue: Billy Dickson <>

Date: 05-Dec-2021
From: Eleanor Hennerley <>
Subject: The Limits of Expression: Kolaiti
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Title: The Limits of Expression
Subtitle: Language, Literature, Mind
Published: 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Patricia Kolaiti
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108406291 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 31.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108406291 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 23.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108406291 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 28.00

Editor's Note: This is a new edition of a previously announced title.

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.

Prologue; 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; Afterword.

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (eng)

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