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Rationality and Interpretation: On the Identities of Language

David Evans

Taking a unique approach which combines sociolinguistics with theoretical linguistics, this book presents a view of language and grammar as both a cognitive and socio-cultural phenomena.

Beginning with Bakhtin's theories of conceptual grammar and lexico-grammar, this book encompasses a broad philosophical range, engaging with the ideas of key figures such as Bergson, Chomsky, Derrida and Wittgenstein. Drawing on their work, it investigates how language progresses from an inner reflection of the rational mind to develop social and ideological aspects as it interacts with culture. In doing so, it shows how identity is unitary and rational at the linguistic core whilst multiple social identities are simultaneously shaped by linguistic differences at the cultural peripheries.

Encompassing theoretical linguistics, cognitive linguistics, discourse analysis, multilingualism, sociolinguistics and semiotics, Rationality and Interpretation demonstrates how the different branches of linguistics can complement each other and highlights the socio-cultural influences of language development, as well as how language development is shaped by those influences.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publish Date: Apr 18th, 2024
  • Pages: 192
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 0.41in - 0.61lb
  • EAN: 9781350198876
  • Categories: Linguistics - SociolinguisticsGrammar & PunctuationLanguage

About the Author

Evans, David: - David Evans is a Fellow in the School of Education Studies at Liverpool Hope University, UK.

Praise for this book

"This exciting and challenging volume draws together David Evans's many years' experience as an educator and scholar. He argues that language is a form of rationality that is shaped by multiple cultural contexts. His thesis is defended with erudition supported by many fascinating illustrations taken from different languages." --Kevin Williams, Institute of Education, Dublin City University, Ireland

"In this invaluable, ground-breaking book, David Evans embarks upon an ambitious journey of reconciliation. He successfully brings together seemingly incompatible factions, identifies their strengths, and explores the commonalities in their diversity. He then constructs a vision for harmonious and symbiotic co-existence that has great potential for the field of linguistics." --Robert Adamson, University of Nottingham Ningbo, China