The Language Animal
The Full Shape of the Human Linguistic CapacityBook - 2016
"In this book, Charles Taylor explains linguistic holism to people who believe language needs to be thought of as bits of information. According to one influential view of language, one that originated with Hobbes, Locke, and Condillac, language serves to encode information and to communicate it. This theory has been rendered more sophisticated over the last two centuries, but it still gives a central place to the encoding of information. The thesis of Taylor's new book is that this view neglects crucial features of our language capacity. Sometimes language serves not just to encode information, but also shapes what it purports to describe. This language is more than merely 'descriptive; ' it plays a 'constitutive' role."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts :, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press,, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
Characteristics: x, 352 pages ; 25 cm