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The Body in Language

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by Horst Ruthrof
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The Body in Language by Horst Ruthrof

This book opposes the position that meanings can be explained by way of intralinguistic relations, as in structural linguistics and its successors, and rejects definitional descriptions of meaning as well as naturalistic accounts. The idea that we are able to live by strings of mere signifiers is shown to rest on a misconception. Ruthrof also attempts an explanation of why arguments grounded in a post-Saussurean view of language, as for instance certain feminist theories, find it so difficult to show how precisely the body can be reclaimed as an integral part of linguistic signs. In reinstating the body in language, Ruthrof draws on Peirce, Husserl, Heidegger, Wittgenstein and Derrida, cognitive linguistics and rhetoric, as well as on the writings of Helen Keller.

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Ebook Details
Pages: 208
Size: 23.7 MB
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9781474247306 (DRM-PDF)

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