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Meaning, Discourse and Society

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  • Date Published: June 2010
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  • isbn: 9780511764165

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  • Meaning, Discourse and Society investigates the construction of reality within discourse. When people talk about things such as language, the mind, globalisation or weeds, they are less discussing the outside world than objects they have created collaboratively by talking about them. Wolfgang Teubert shows that meaning cannot be found in mental concepts or neural activity, as implied by the cognitive sciences. He argues instead that meaning is negotiated and knowledge is created by symbolic interaction, thus taking language as a social, rather than a mental, phenomenon. Discourses, Teubert contends, can be viewed as collective minds, enabling the members of discourse communities to make sense of themselves and of the world around them. By taking an active stance in constructing the reality they share, people thus can take part in moulding the world in accordance with their perceived needs.

    • Presents intriguing arguments regarding discourse as our collective mind
    • Provides the reader with an in-depth analysis of the social construction of reality, adding to literature on this topic
    • Develops arguments and current understanding to produce a blueprint for the means of constructing reality through a discourse community
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The power of this exciting new book lies simultaneously within the detailed, continental traditions of scholarship that it brings to many readers for the first time; and the internal skepticism that it impliedly expresses towards the empirical instrumentation available to corpus linguists … Teubert offers us an erudite and convincing reason for deep reflection before we contemplate discarding even the bath-water of hermeneutics. This book is a unique product of a tradition that combines philosophy, philology and hermeneutics on the one hand with an understanding of the power of corpora as a potential substitute for the experiences of a community during its lifetime … a compelling read right up to its last paragraph and has my warm recommendation.' Bill Louw, International Journal of Corpus Linguistics

    '… provides a refreshingly original and long overdue theoretical rationale for the effectiveness and value of corpus linguistics.' Geoff Thompson, Languages in Contrast

    'The book is well-organized, inspiring and clear. It will be of great interest to those who view language as social interaction and are therefore concerned with the social contexts in which discourse is embedded.' Jing Chen, Discourse Studies

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    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511764165
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Meaning, the Mind and the Brain:
    1. The cognitive turn
    2. The long history of mind linguistics
    3. What do we know about mental concepts?
    4. Morphing theoretical sémes into 'real' concepts
    5. From mental representations to conceptual ontologies
    6. What is meaning?
    7. Where should we look for meaning?
    Part II. Discourse and Society:
    8. Language as discourse
    9. Society presupposes language, and language presupposes society
    10. A closer look at oral societies
    11. Differences between oral and literate societies
    12. Empirical linguistics deals only with recorded language
    13. Meaning, knowledge and the construction of reality
    14. The language of the scientific experimental report
    15. Diachronicity, intertextuality and hermeneutics
    16. Meaning and the interpretation of a haiku
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Wolfgang Teubert, University of Birmingham
    Wolfgang Teubert is Professor of Corpus Linguistics at the University of Birmingham. His previous book publications include Corpus Linguistics: A Short Introduction (2007, with Anna Cermakova), Text, Discourse and Corpura (2007, with Michael Hoey, Michael Stubbs and Michaela Mahlberg) and he was co-editor of Corpus Linguistics: Critical Concepts in Linguistics: A Reader (2007) and Text Corpora and Multilingual Lexicography (2007).

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