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Limiting the arbitrary : linguistic naturalism and its opposites in Plato's Cratylus and the modern theories of language

Author: John Earl Joseph
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : John Benjamins Pub. Co., ©2000.
Series: Amsterdam studies in the theory and history of linguistic science., Series III,, Studies in the history of the language sciences ;, v. 96.
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The idea that some aspects of language are "natural" while others are arbitrary or artificial, runs through modern linguistics. This title traces the heritage of linguistic naturalism back to Plato's  Read more...

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Named Person: Plato.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Earl Joseph
ISBN: 1556197497 9781556197499 9027245851 9789027245854
OCLC Number: 123300594
Description: viii, 224 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Natural and Unnatural Language --
pt. 1. Cratylus. Ch. 1. Nature and Convention: Cratylus 383a1-391d1. Ch. 2. Words and Truth: Cratylus 391d2-422e1. Ch. 3. Imitation and Essence: Cratylus 422e1-440e7 --
pt. 2. After Cratylus. Ch. 4. Natural Grammar and Conventional Words, from Aristotle to Pinker. Ch. 5. Natural Dialect and Artificial Language, from Varro to Chomsky. Ch. 6. Invisible Hierarchies, from Jakobson to Optimality Theory. Afterword: Linguistics after Naturalism.
Series Title: Amsterdam studies in the theory and history of linguistic science., Series III,, Studies in the history of the language sciences ;, v. 96.
Responsibility: John E. Joseph.

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