Languages Within Language
An evolutive approach
There is little hope of reconstructing by means of comparative or typological studies a lingua adamica essentially different from present-day languages. The distant preverbal past is however still present in live speech. Phonetic, syntactic and semantic rule transgressions, far from being products of a deficient output, are governed by a universal iconic apparatus, a sort of ‘anti-grammar’ or ‘proto-grammar’ which enables the speaker and the poet to express preconscious and subconscious mental contents that could not be conveyed by means of the grammar of any language. Secondary messages, generated by the proto-grammar are integrated into the primary grammatical message. The two messages whose structural and semantic divergence represents a chronological distance of hundreds of thousands of years, constitute a dialectic unity which characterize natural languages. The evolutive approach offers a different, perhaps better understanding of questions related to dynamic synchrony, vocal and verbal style, poetic language, language change.
Chapters on: Diversity of the lexicon; Dual encoding: vocal style; Syntactic gesturing; Syntactic regressions; Prosodic expression of emotions; Poetry and vocal art; Situation and meaning; A hidden presence: verbal magic; Playing with language: joke and metaphor; Metaphor: a research instrument; Dynamics of poetic language; Semantic structure of possessive constructions; Semantic structure of punctuation marks; Why gestures?; Between acts and words; Language within language: dynamics, change and evolution.
[Foundations of Semiotics, 13] 2001. xiii, 828 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Table of Contents
List of figures | p. viii
List of tables | p. x
Acknowledgments | p. xi
1. Diversity of the lexicon | p. 1
2. Dual encoding:Vocal style | p. 18
3. Syntactic gesturing | p. 41
4. Syntactic regressions | p. 58
5. Vocal expression of emotions | p. 87
6. Poetry and vocal art | p. 174
7. Situation and meaning | p. 191
8. Fading and dynamics | p. 245
9. A hidden presence: Verbal magic | p. 266
10. Playing with language: Joke and metaphor | p. 275
11. The metaphor: A research instrument | p. 337
12. Why poetic language? | p. 358
13. The semantic structure of possessive constructions | p. 505
14. Semantic structure of punctuation marks | p. 531
15. Why gestures | p. 562
16. Between acts and words | p. 587
17. Languages within language: Dynamics and evolutions | p. 603
Subjects | p. 785
Citations | p. 808
Authors | p. 817
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