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Bloomsbury Academic
17 December 2015
This book opposes the position that meanings can be explained by way of intralinguistic relations, as in structural linguistics and its successors, and rejects definitional descriptions of meaning as well as naturalistic accounts. The idea that we are able to live by strings of mere signifiers is shown to rest on a misconception. Ruthrof also attempts an explanation of why arguments grounded in a post-Saussurean view of language, as for instance certain feminist theories, find it so difficult to show how precisely the body can be reclaimed as an integral part of linguistic signs. In reinstating the body in language, Ruthrof draws on Peirce, Husserl, Heidegger, Wittgenstein and Derrida, cognitive linguistics and rhetoric, as well as on the writings of Helen Keller.
By:   Horst Ruthrof (Murdoch University Australia)
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   472g
ISBN:   9781474247290
ISBN 10:   1474247296
Series:   Linguistics: Bloomsbury Academic Collections
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   17 December 2015
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Horst Ruthrof is Emeritus Professor of English and Philosophy at Murdoch University, Western Australia, and Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

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