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The Force Of Language

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This text illustrates how the philosophy of Language, if differently conceived, can directly incorporate questions of political thought and of emotionality, and offers the practical case of defensive strategies against abusive speech. This follows a broad consideration of the inner voice or inner speech as a test case for a new approach to language, in particular as a way of radically rethinking the usual contrast between inner and outer through furbanishing an account of how we internalize speech. The book's ...

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Overview

This text illustrates how the philosophy of Language, if differently conceived, can directly incorporate questions of political thought and of emotionality, and offers the practical case of defensive strategies against abusive speech. This follows a broad consideration of the inner voice or inner speech as a test case for a new approach to language, in particular as a way of radically rethinking the usual contrast between inner and outer through furbanishing an account of how we internalize speech. The book's core offers a substantial critique of orthodox approaches to the philosophy of language from Chomsky and others; drawing on European political thought from Marx to Deleuze, it will move beyond this inheritance to explain and demonstrate its fresh conception of language at work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403942487
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Series: Language, Discourse, Society Series
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 1,335,655
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean-Jacques Lecercle is Professor of English at the University of Paris at Nanterre. He has published widely in the fields of philosophy of language and literary theory, and is the author of The Violence of Language, Philosophy of Nonsense, Interpretations of Pragmatics and Deleuze and Language. Denise Riley teaches at the University of East Anglia. Her most recent books are The Words of Selves: Identification, Solidarity, Irony and Selected Poems.

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Table of Contents

Introduction—J-J.Lecercle
• PART ONE - RILEY
• 'A Voice Without a Mouth': Inner Speech—D.Riley
• 'Bad Words': The Forensics of Spoken Injury—D.Riley
• PART TWO - LECERCLE
• Another Philosophy of Language—J-J.Lecercle
• The Concept of Language We Don't Need—J-J.Lecercle
• The Concept of Language We Do Need—J-J.Lecercle
• Index

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