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The language animal : the full shape of the human linguistic capacity / Charles Taylor.

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Zionsville PL - Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch 401 TAYLOR (Text) 33946003117293 Nonfiction . 2nd Floor Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780674660205
  • ISBN: 067466020X
  • Physical Description: x, 352 pages ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2016.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Designative and constitutive views -- How language grows -- Beyond information encoding -- The Hobbes-Locke-Condillac theory -- The figuring dimension of language -- Constitution 1 : the articulation of meaning -- Constitution 2 : The creative force of discourse -- How narrative makes meaning -- The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis -- The range of human linguistic capacity.
Summary, etc.:
"In this book, Charles Taylor explains linguistic holism to people who believe language needs to be thought of as bits of information. According to one influential view of language, one that originated with Hobbes, Locke, and Condillac, language serves to encode information and to communicate it. This theory has been rendered more sophisticated over the last two centuries, but it still gives a central place to the encoding of information. The thesis of Taylor's new book is that this view neglects crucial features of our language capacity. Sometimes language serves not just to encode information, but also shapes what it purports to describe. This language is more than merely 'descriptive;' it plays a 'constitutive' role."--Provided by publisher.
Subject: Language and languages > Philosophy.
Linguistics > Philosophy.

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