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AuthorWelch, Cyril. author
TitleThe Sense of Language [electronic resource] / by Cyril Welch
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1973
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Descript 184 p. online resource


As its title states, this work formulates in language a sense of language, a sense of our involvement in speaking and listening, reading and writing. What it works out may be called the sense, only because it provides, or hopes to provide, an access to the myriad possibilities of language. In fact, if the four Chapters in any way "grind an axe", they do so with a view to decapitating the overweening contemporary tendency to hedge in language, to make someยญ thing of a prison out of it ... for ourselves. The reader should bear in mind that the purport of the work lies in learning the sense of language, not in teaching it. I grant a book is utterly worthless unless something of importance can be learned from it, but I also believe a philosophical book can not and (even if it tries) does not teach anything. There are indeed good books which teach and exposit material for the reader, but they are peripheral to the reflective domain. In my career as a teacher of sorts, I have discovered how difficult works like Aristotle's Metaphysics suddenly make sense to students when they finally read them as manuals for learning, handbooks suggesting what the reader can examine in order to understand not the book primarily, but his own experience of and thought upon things. My own work here will, I hope, be taken as something of a handbook


I. The Location of Meaning -- 1. Language is processive embodiment of meaning -- 2. Labor is the locus of meaning -- 3. Labor manifests itself as a concretion of meaning -- 4. The location of meaning in labor is visionary -- II. The Development of Meaning -- 1. Language manifests itself in development of meaning -- 2. The extrinsic meanings comprising labor generate modes of understanding having their own meaning -- 3. Concretion of meaning develops upon the acknowledgement of generated meanings -- 4. Reality is the abiding concern of man -- III. The Historicity of Meaning -- 1. Language manifests a heritage -- 2. Configurations of meaning are temporal -- 3. Configurations of meaning are spatial -- 4. Developed language is interpretive -- IV. Linguistic Forms -- 1. Incision -- 2. Communication -- 3. Recollection -- 4. Consummation -- Afterword

Linguistics Language and languages -- Philosophy Linguistics Theoretical Linguistics Philosophy of Language


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