The Language Impact: Evolution - System -Discourse

The Language Impact: Evolution - System -Discourse

By: Alwin Frank Fill (author)Hardback

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"The Language Impact" is a transdisciplinary book which looks at language from the point of view of its effect on the world. The appearance of language on our planet is similar to a natural event with far-reaching consequences for the evolution of the human species, the language system and discourse. The author shows in detail with many examples to what extent language has had and still has a strong effect on individuals, societies and the earth in general from the first bonding talk 30,000 years ago to the effects of the internet in the 21st century A.D. The book serves as a comprehensive and cutting-edge survey of this emerging field, covering a wide variety of topics including the phylogeny of language, Linguistic Relativity (Sapir/Whorf) and Linguistic Constructivism, Cognitive Linguistics as well as Critical Discourse Analysis and Discourse Strategies.

About Author

Alwin Frank Fill is Professor Emeritus of English Linguistics at the University of Graz, Austria. His previous books include A-kolinguistik: Eine Einfuhrung (Gunter Narr, 1993), Das Prinzip Spannung (Gunter Narr, 2003 (2nd ed. 2007)) and (co-edited together with Peter Muhlhausler) The Ecolinguistics Reader (Continuum, 2001).


Introduction Part I The Impact of Speech on a Planet - a 'Meteorite' Hits the Earth 1. The Phylogeny of Language 2. Functional Models of Language 3. Religion, Philosophy and Language Impact Theories Part II The Impact of Language as a System 1. Language as energeia: Wilhelm v. Humboldt 2. Language, Thought, Reality 3. The 'Linguistic Seduction' of Thought: Critique of Language (Bacon, Locke, Hume, Berkeley / Cassirer, Mauthner, Kainz) 4. General Semantics (Korzybski, Hayakawa, Stuart Chase) 5. Linguistic Constructivism (Michael Halliday etc.) 6. Cognitive Linguistics: the Impact of Metaphor and Frame 7. Summary (Part II) Part III The Impact of Discourse on the World 1. Language as Discourse 2. Precursors of Pragmatics 3. Pragmatics 4. Further Topic Areas in Pragmatics 5. The Impact of Texts 6. Discourse Ethics (Habermas, Apel) and Dialogue 7. Discourse Strategies 8. Critical Discourse Analysis: Language, Ideology and Power (Fairclough) 9. Women, Men and Discourse 10. Interaction between Language and World (Ecological Linguistics) 11. Language Combined with Other Modes and Media Summary: Expansion and Limitation Appendix I: Glossary of Terms Appendix II: Commented List of Thinkers on Language Impact

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781845537777
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781845537777
  • ISBN10: 1845537777

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