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Aristotle on Language and Style
The Concept of Lexis


  • Author: Ana Kotarcic, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Date Published: March 2022
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108730785

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  • This is the first systematic analysis of Aristotle's concept of lexis. Ana Kotarcic argues that it should be approached on three interconnected levels: the first dealing with language as a system, the second with actual language usage, into which sociolinguistic factors come into play, and the third with prescriptions for the kind of language to be used in poetic and rhetorical compositions. She introduces ideas and concepts from classics and modern linguistics into the analysis alongside the philosophical approaches which have prevailed until now. The results reveal that Aristotle's ideas on lexis are complex, well-developed and intimately connected to many other fundamental concepts in his works, such as aretē, energeia, ēthos, logos, mimēsis, pathos, phantasia and technē. A major component of his thought is therefore illuminated comprehensively for the first time.

    • The first systematic analysis of Aristotle's concept of lexis
    • Discusses other major concepts featuring in Aristotle's works, like mimēsis, phantasia and energeia, to show the importance of lexis for his thought in general
    • Written accessibly for a wide range of scholars and students, with all Greek and Latin translated
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108730785
    • length: 238 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.328kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. On the way to Aristotle's concept of lexis
    2. The first level of lexis: Aristotle's fundamentals of language
    3. The second level of lexis: language in use
    4. The third level of lexis: its intra-textual aspect
    5. The third level of lexis: its extra-textual aspect
    6. Metaphor revisited.

  • Author

    Ana Kotarcic, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
    ANA KOTARCIC is an FWO [Pegasus]2 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Comparative, Historical and Applied Linguistics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, working on Aristotle's thoughts on language as a dynamic system. Her research focuses on the workings of natural language and includes theoretical, cognitive and computational linguistics, sociolinguistics, syntax and semantics.

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