Theory of Language

The representational function of language

ISBN 9789027211828 | EUR 45.00 | USD 68.00
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Karl Bühler (1879–1963) was one of the leading theoreticians of language of the twentieth century. Although primarily a psychologist, Bühler devoted much of his attention to the study of language and language theory. His masterwork Sprachtheorie (1934) quickly gained recognition in the fields of linguistics, semiotics, the philosophy of language and the psychology of language. This new edition of the English translation of Bühler’s theory begins with a survey on ‘Bühler’s legacy’ for modern linguistics (Werner Abraham), followed by the Theory of Language, and finally with a special ‘Postscript: Twenty-five Years Later …’ (Achim Eschbach). Bühler’s theory is divided into four parts. Part I discusses the four axioms or principles of language research, the most famous of which is the first, the organon model, the base of Bühler's instrumental view of language. Part II treats the role of indexicality in language and discusses deixis as one determinant of speech. Part III examines the symbolic field, dealing with context, onomatopoeia and the function of case. Part IV deals with the elements of language and their organization (syllabification, the definition of the word, metaphor, anaphora, etc).The text is accompanied by an Introduction (Achim Eschbach); Translator's preface (Donald Fraser Goodwin); Glossary of terms; and a Bibliography of cited works.
[Not in series, 164]  2011.  xcviii, 518 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Werner Abraham
Editor's Introduction - Karl Bühler: Sematologist
Achim Eschbach
Translator's Preface
Donald Fraser Goodwin
KARL BUHLER: THEORY OF LANGUAGE: The representational function of language
Introduction: Theory of Language Yesterday and Today
I. The Principles of Language Research
1. The Idea and Plan of the Axiomatics
2. The Model of Language as Organon (A)
3. The Significative Nature of Language (B)
4. Speech Action and Language Work; Speech Act and Language Structure (C)
5. Word and Sentence. The S-F-System of the Type Language (D)
II. The Deictic Field of Language and Deictic Words: Introduction
6. The Psychological Foundations of the Modes of Positional: Deixis in Indo-European
7. The Origin of the Deictic Field and its Mark
8. Imagination-Oriented Deixis and the Anaphoric Use of Deictic Words
9. Egocentric and Topomnestic Deixis in Various Languages
III. The Symbolic Field of Language and the Naming Words: The programme
10. The Sympractical, the SYDlphysical and the Synsemantic Field of Language Signs
11. Context and Field Factors in Detail
12. Symbolic Fields in Non-Linguistic Representative Implements
13. Onomatopoetic Language
14. The Conceptual Signs of Language
15. The Indo-European Case System as an Example of a Field Implement
16. A Critical Review
IV. The Make-up of Human Speech: Elements and Compositions: Introduction
17. The Materially Determined Formation of the Acoustic Stream of Speech
18. The Sound Shape and the Itemized Phonematic Description of Words
19. The Simple and the Complex Word. The Characteristics of the Concept of the Word
20. The Functions of the Article
21. The Summative And
22. Language Theoretical Studies on the Compound
23. The Metaphor in Language
24. The Problem of the Sentence
25. The Sentence without a Deictic Field
26. The Anaphora
27. The Formal World of the Compound Sentence (a Sketch)
Index of names
Index of topics
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BIC Subject: CFA – Philosophy of language
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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