By Richard Harland
Relocating on from his earlier ebook, Superstructuralism , Richard Harland argues that the focal point on unmarried phrases within the structuralist idea of language is its key weak point and that the subsequent strengthen past post-structuralism relies on exchanging word-based with syntagm-based theories. In a lucid Harland lucidly develops a brand new syntagmatic conception which exhibits that the influence of mixing phrases grammatically can rework the very nature of that means. The huge breadth of insurance within the publication covers either post-Chomskyan' linguistics and Derrida, and units up an competition to analytic and speech-act theories of language. by means of offering a scientific critique and counter-proposal, Harland demanding situations the very origin of contemporary literary and linguistic idea.
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To put it crudely, ‘a big dog’ asks us to entertain the possibility of a dog which has not been previously projected, whereas ‘the big dog’ asks us to identify this present projection with some previous projection. ) Determiners belong to a higher-order grammatical category because they guide and shape a meaning which has been already processed on the basic level of content. If the function of determiners is difficult to understand, the same is even more true of prepositions. Consider some of the ways in which a ‘by’ can occur between a verb and related noun: (a) The tiger was shot by the hunter (i.
Under the power of syntagmatic synthesis, the meaning of a single word can be shifted around to a truly remarkable degree. Hence the difficulty of inventing sentences which are grammatically coherent yet absolutely meaningless. ’5 But it is only by multiplying exceptional combinations on top of one another that Chomsky succeeds. Taken individually, these combinations are by no means wholly beyond redemption. 6 And it is surely not difficult to come up with contexts where ‘sleeping furiously’ becomes a perfectly intelligible phrase.
The fact that different languages are able to use different conventions of sequencing only confirms the point. So, while English uses a Subject-Verb-Object convention, there are also numerous Subject-Object-Verb languages and VerbSubject-Object languages. There are even a few cases of Object-Verb-Subject languages (e. g. g. g. Malagasy). 14 Since the principle of the line is irrelevant to the unity of the syntagm, so too is Derrida’s counter-principle of ‘spacing’. Derrida wields this counter-principle specifically against a notion which he attributes to Husserl, a notion of unity as continuity.
Beyond Superstructuralism CL by Richard Harland