A Semiotic Theory of Language

A Semiotic Theory of Language

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Taking issue with Transformational Grammar Theory, which has dominated language study since Noam Chomsky introduced it more than 30 years ago, Shaumyan separates language from psychology, arguing that language occupies a different world, that of the semiotic.show more

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  • Hardback | 372 pages
  • 164 x 236 x 34mm | 739.37g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253304725
  • 9780253304728
  • 2,018,669

Table of contents

I. The Aim and Structure of the Semiotic Theory of Language1. A Semiotic Definition of Language; 2. The Principle of Semiotic Relevance and Homonymy; 3. Saussure's Notion of the Sign; 4. Linguistics as a Part of Semiotics; 5. The Goals of Linguistic Theory and the Semiotic Basis of Abstraction; 6. Synchronic Linguistics and Diachronic Linguistics; 7. Language Variation; 8. The Semiotic versus Generativist Notion of LanguageII. Phonology1. The Phoeneme and Distinctive Features; 2. Physical and Functional Segmentation of the Speech Flow; 3. Further Problems of Functional Identity; 4. Distinctive Features and Experimental Phonetics; 5. Phonological Antinomies; 6. Some Misconceptions about the Phonological Antinomies; 7. Remarks on Bohr's Complementarity Principle and Dialectics; 8. An Illustration: How the Functional View of Speech Sounds Gave Birth to One of the Greatest Discoveries in the History of Linguistics; 9. Alternative Theories of the Phoneme and the Distinctive Features; 10. Phonological Syntagmatics; 11. On Generative PhonologyIII. Genotype Grammar1. Two Levels of Grammar: Genotype Grammar and Phenotype Grammar; 2. The Basic Notions of Genotype Grammar; 3. Constituency; 4. Dependency; 5. Constituency and Dependency as Complementary Notions; 6. The Structure of the Sentence; 7. Valence and Voice; 8. The Typology of Sentence Constructions; 9. The Paradox of Ergativity and Functional Superposition; 10. Some Implications of the Integrated Theory of Ergativity for Linguistic Typology; 11. An Informal Theory of Passivization; 12. Alternative Theories of Passivization; 13. The Formalism of Applicative Grammar; 14. A Comparison of Applicative Grammar and Montague Grammar; 15. A Comparison of Applicative Grammar and Generative-Transformational Grammar; 16. A Comparison of Applicative Grammar and Relational Grammar; 17. A Comparison of Applicative Grammar and the Lexical-Functional Grammar of Bresnan; 18. The Place of Applicative Grammar among Other Semiotic SystemsIV. Phenotype Grammar1. The Task of Phenotype Grammar; 2. The Word; 3. The Structure of the Word and Morphological Formatives; 4. Agglutination and Fusion; 5. Syntagmatic Formatives; 6. Concord and Government; 7. Linguistic Categories; 8. The Category of CaseV. Linguistic Methodology1. Empirical and Conceptual Problems in Linguistics; 2. The Analytical-Deductive Method and Imaginary Experiments; 3. The Special Role of Linguistic Anomalies; 4. The Complementarity Principle and the Centaur Concepts; 5. Static and Dynamic Meta-languages; 6. The Role of Anologies in the Semiotic Theory of Language; 7. The Use and Abuse of Mathematical Formalism; 8. The Notion of Semiotic Realityshow more

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"... one of the most significant books in the field of theoretical linguistics ... will become a classic ..." Adam Makkai, University of Illinois at Chicago Circleshow more