Beyond the Symbol Model: Reflections on the Representational Nature of Language

Beyond the Symbol Model: Reflections on the Representational Nature of Language

by John Stewart

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Overview

This interdisciplinary conversation discusses the nature of language.

Beyond the Symbol Model: Reflections on the Representational Nature of Language presents arguments on several sides of the contemporary debate over the representational nature of language. Contributors include philosophers, linguists, psychologists, semioticians, and communication theorists from the U. S., Canada, Britain, Northern Ireland, and Israel. The chapters respond to the argument that language can no longer be viewed as a system of signs or symbols, and that a post-semiotic account can be developed from the recognition that language is first and foremost constitutive articulate contact. Three chapters extend this argument, two frame it historically, three disagree, and one contextualizes the “beyond enterprise” itself.

The book is a companion volume to Language as Articulate Contact: Toward a Post-Semiotic Philosophy of Communication. These two books contribute to the ongoing conversation about the nature of language that is strongly influencing theory and research in virtually all the human studies.

John R. Stewart is Professor in the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Washington. His previous books include Language as Articulate Contact: Toward a Post-Semiotic Philosophy of Communication, also published by SUNY Press, as well as Bridges Not Walls: A Book About Interpersonal Communication and (with Carole Logan) Together: Communicating Interpersonally, 4th Edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438421216
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 10/17/1996
Series: SUNY series in Communication Studies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 343
File size: 905 KB

About the Author

John R. Stewart is Professor in the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Washington. His previous books include Language as Articulate Contact: Toward a Post-Semiotic Philosophy of Communication, also published by SUNY Press, as well as Bridges Not Walls: A Book About Interpersonal Communication and (with Carole Logan) Together: Communicating Interpersonally, 4th Edition.

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction

Part I. Alternatives to Representational Accounts of Language and Meaning

1. The Symbol Model vs. Language as Constitutive Articulate Contact
John Stewart

2. Being and Speaking
Gary Madison

3. Before Theory and After Representationalism: Understanding Meaning 'from Within' a Dialogical Practice
John Shotter

4. The Communicative Dictionary: A Collaborative Theory of Meaning
Gillian L. Roberts and Janet Beavin Bavelas

Part II. Postmodern Rediscoveries

5. Friedrich Nietzsche's Theory of Language and Its Reception in Contemporary Thought
Ernst Behler

6. Simple Signs, Indeterminate Events: Lyotard on Sophists and Semiotics
Andrew R. Smith

Part III. Resuscitations of Semiotic Dimensions

7. Semiotic and Transactional Aspects of Language
D. S. Clarke

8. A Social Account of Symbols
Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz

9. Discourse Worlds and Representation
John Wilson

Part IV. Continuing the Conversation

10. The Beyond Enterprise
Marcelo Dascal

Contributors

Index

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