Pattern and Process

A Whiteheadian perspective on linguistics

Michael Fortescue | University of Copenhagen
ISBN 9789027223586 (Eur) | EUR 115.00
ISBN 9781588110589 (USA) | USD 173.00
ISBN 9789027299352 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
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The purpose of this book is to illustrate the relevance to linguistics today of Whitehead’s philosophy of organism. Although largely ignored by linguists, Whitehead has in fact much to say as regards the cognitive processes underpinning language pattern. His theory of symbolism conceives of language as the ‘systematization of expression’, and relates meaning to feeling (in the broadest sense). The Whiteheadian perspective allows a synthesis of the psychological and the social approaches to language that does not fall into one or another fashionable form of reductionism. The volume represents a first application of Whitehead’s thinking to a broad range of linguistic phenomena, ranging from speech act theory to the production and comprehension of texts, from language acquisition to historical change and the evolution of language. It is argued that Whitehead’s holistic philosophy is uniquely suited to the view of language as an emergent phenomenon — regardless of whether one’s approach to cognition is via the ‘nativist’ or the ‘functionalist’ route.
[Human Cognitive Processing, 6] 2001.  viii, 311 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“[...] a welcome contribution to the general metatheoretical discussion in linguistics, Fortescue forces us to rethink some of our most fundamental concepts. And by ‘returning to’ Whitehead he unmasks the shallowness of those who, in the name of ‘spectacular breakthroughs’, keep feverishly reinventing the wheel.”
“[...] a thought-provoking journey into philosophical and sometimes metaphysical realms that proves to be of unexpected relevance to the possible future trajectories of many trends dominant in linguistics today, from optimality theory to emergent grammar. [...] Any book that helps to bridge the often unnecessarily deep divide between formalism and functionalism is well worth the read. This is one such book.”
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